The Military Macaw is mostly green in color, with the head being a slightly paler shade. It bears a red frontal patch with a white bare facial area, which blushes when the bird is excited. The naked facial skin is barred with small black feather lines. The flight feathers are a beautiful shade of blue, and the red tail is bordered with blue. The large, strong beak is grey-black, and the iris is yellow. Even though the Military Macaw does not possess a brilliant mixture of colors, as found in many of the larger Macaws, the Military is a very impressive parrot. It is very similar to the Buffon’s Macaw but is a bit smaller and a brighter shade of green.
Military Macaws are very social birds who live in large flocks in the wild. Their average lifespan is between 50 to 60 years. Military Macaws are curious and intelligent, as are most Macaws. They are usually good talkers and can also be taught various tricks.