Military Macaw Ara militaris is listed as Vulnerable under criteria A2c,d; A3c,d; A4c,d on the basis that a population decline equivalent to 30-49% over 10 years is suspected in the past and projected in the future, owing to habitat loss and harvesting for the pet trade (Snyder et al. 2000).
Recently it has been noted that the species appears to be rarely traded in Bolivia, where good numbers are protected in five national parks (B. Hennessey in litt.). This raises the question of whether the population is still in rapid decline, although the species occupies a very large range, and data are required from all or most range states. Improved knowledge of the species’s life history means that the trend should be estimated for a period of 38 years (estimate of three generations).
Up-to-date information is requested on this species, in particular the likely rate of population decline and severity of threats.
Snyder, N., McGowan, P., Gilardi, J. and Grajal, A. (2000) Parrots: status survey and conservation action plan 2000-2004. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.