The St. Croix macaw (Ara autocthones) is an extinct species of macaw
whose remains have been found on the Caribbean islands of St. Croix and
Puerto Rico. It was a medium-sized macaw of unknown coloration, slightly
larger than the extinct Cuban macaw. It was described in 1937 based on a
tibiotarsus leg bone (pictured) unearthed from a kitchen midden at a
pre-Columbian site on St. Croix. A second specimen consisting of
various bones from a similar site on Puerto Rico was described in 2008,
and a coracoid from Montserrat may belong to this or another extinct
species of macaw. The St. Croix macaw is one of 13 extinct macaw
species that have been proposed to have lived on the Caribbean islands.
Macaws were frequently transported for long distances by humans in both
prehistoric and historic times, so it is impossible to know whether
species only known from bones or written accounts were native or
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Croix_macaw>
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