Ara autocthones (Saint Croix Macaw)

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Saint Croix Macaw
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Subfamily: Arinae
Genus: Ara
Species: A. autocthones
Binomial name
Ara autocthones
Wetmore, 1937[1]

Ara autochthones (lapsus)

Ara autocthones, the Saint Croix Macaw, is an extinct species of bird in the parrot family that was found on the island of Saint Croix, in the Virgin Islands. The only remains known are a sub-fossil left tibiotarsus, which has been found in the kitchen middens at Concordia, which is near Southwest Cape.[1][2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wetmore, A. (1937). "Ancient records of birds from the island of St. Croix with observations on extinct and living of Puerto Rico". J. Agric. Univ. Puerto Rico 21: 5–16.
  2. Wetmore, A. (1956). "A check-list of the fossil and prehistoric birds of North America and the West Indies". Smithson. Misc. Coll. 131 (5): 1–105.
  3. Forshaw, Joseph M.; Cooper, William T. [1973, 1978] (1981). Parrots of the World, corrected second edition. David & Charles, Newton Abbot, London. ISBN 0-7153-7698-5.