The Military Macaw (Ara militaris) received its name when it was first imported into Europe by military personnel – Ara (strong) militaris (belonging to a soldier), named after the green feather colour. Also some suggest that this species was named for the overall "army or olive green" colour of its plumage. Military Macaws are found in the forests of Mexico and South America, usually seen in pairs, family groups and flock in large numbers. In the wild, these birds can choose their partner before they even reach the age of maturity. The wings of these paired birds are close together when in flight as if they are almost touching. Males and females are alike.