This is the largest of the genus Ara, widespread in the forests and woodlands of northern and central South America. However, in common with other macaws, in recent years there has been a marked decline in its numbers due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the parrot trade.
Charlie came to the For the Love of Birds Sanctuary family in early 2019. Her exact age is unknown but believed to be about 19 years old. Charlie does not like to step-up and will only at rare times when she feels like it. She was never around other birds and wasn't sure how to fit in at first but now a full member of the flock and a very happy bird.