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  • English name
    Blue-throated Macaw
  • ClassificationPsittaciformes, Psittacidae
  • Scientific nameAra Glaucogularis

Blue-throated Macaw
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The Blue-throated Macaw is a very rare parrot that lives in certain parts of Bolivia. They are endangered because of illegal hunting for pets, and a decline in trees needed to build nests.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Total length: 85cm

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

The Blue-throated Macaw only lives in the northern parts of Bolivia, South America.

What they eat

The Blue-throated Macaw eats coconuts, flowers, and seeds.

What they are like

Many parrots, including the Blue-throated Macaw, like to eat soil, apparently because it reduces the effects of toxins found in the seeds and skin from the plants they feed on. The soil acts like medicine.

Find out more about the Blue-throated Macaw!

So popular, the Blue-throated Macaw has been stolen from zoos?!
The Blue-throated Macaw has beautiful blue and yellow-colored wings and live only in certain areas of the South American country of Bolivia. They are so rare that up until 1990, no one even knew where they lived. Being so rare made the Blue-throated Macaw a highly sought-after pet, and led to an increase in poaching, and theft from the zoo.

Vanishing forests deprive the Blue-throated Macaw from building its nest...
The natural habitat for the Blue-throated Macaw is within the dairy farming region of Bolivia. The coconut tree needed by the Blue-throated Macaw to build its nest has vanished because people have cut them down. Now, there are only about one hundred wild Blue-throated Macaw left due to poaching and deforestation of coconut trees. Today, the dairy farmers in the region are being asked to cooperate by protecting and saving the Blue-throated Macaw. Saving the Blue-throated Macaw requires the cooperation of many people.


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