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  • English name
    Lear's Macaw
  • ClassificationPsittaciformes, Psittacidae
  • Scientific nameAnodorhynchus Leari

Lear's Macaw
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The Lear's Macaw is a blue bird living in Brazil. Its main food is the nuts from Lytocaryum weddellianum, a palm tree. The Lear's Macaw eats up to 350 nuts a day. Unfortunately, the Lear's Macaw is now on the brink of extinction because these palm groves have changed into grasslands.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Total length: 70 to 75cm

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

Where they live

The Lear's Macaw lives only in the Northeastern part of Bahia, Brazil.

What they eat

The Lear's Macaw eats mainly nuts from Lytocaryum weddellianum, a palm tree. It also eats the fruit, flower, and seeds of other types of plants.

What they are like

The Lear's Macaw raises their children during the rainy season, when the nuts from Lytocaryum weddellianum are most abundant, making the palm tree a life-sustaining tree for the Lear's Macaw.

Find out more about the Lear's Macaw!

The fruits have all disappeared...
The Lear's Macaw is a blue bird that lives in Brazil. Although it resembles the Hyacinth Macaw, the Lear's Macaw is slightly smaller and its wings are dull blue. The staple food for the Lear's Macaw is the nuts of Lytocaryum weddellianum, a palm tree. One bird can eat as many as 350 nuts a day. Unfortunately, the palm groves in Brazil have turned into grassland, depriving the Lear's Macaw of its staple food and causing their numbers to decline rapidly.

Various protection efforts have started!
Although the Lear's Macaw is currently restricted from exporting and importing, people still poach them as food and pets. In Brazil, there are a number of protection efforts that have been launched to save the Lear's Macaw from extinction, such as placing people on watch for poachers, planting Lytocaryum weddellianum seeds to grow more palm trees, and asking grassland owners to cooperate by leaving space for the Lear's Macaw to build nests.

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