Jamaican red macaw

Ara gossei

The Jamaican red macaw (Ara gossei) is an unknown species of parrot known from one specimen killed somewhere in Jamaica in 1765, which was later stuffed. It had a black beak, a yellow band, which ran from its forehead to the back of its neck. It had light red plumage on its body with a darker red on its belly and blue wings. 


Its description is very similar to that of the known, but now extinct Cuban macaw, leading some to theorize that the Jamaican red macaw was killed in Cuba and was mislabeled, was a vagrant or was an unknown population of Cuban macaws. Unfortunately, it will likely never be solved, as the Jamaican red macaw specimen’s whereabouts are unknown.

1907 illustration of a Jamaican red macaw by Joseph Smit