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Blue-Throated Macaw


Scientific Name: Ara glaucogularis


Origin: North Central Bolivia.


Habitat: The Blue-Throated Macaw lives in wet and tropical savannahs and swampy lowlands. They flock in pairs, but can also be found in small groups.


Physical Description: Blue-Throated Macaws stand up to 86cm (34 inches) tall.

They have blue feathers on their head, neck, wings, and tail, with blue stripes around the eyes. The rest of the body, including the breast and the undersides of the wings, is covered in yellow or orange feathers. The cheeks and throat are distinctively blue.

This bird has a black, hooked beak. Its feet are zygodactylous, meaning two toes point forward while the other two point backward.


Behavior: The Blue-Throated Macaw usually stays in one area, being very active during the day, climbing and moving around. They are quite playful and curious.

This bird gives off a very loud screech when it senses danger, before proceeding to fly away.


Vocalization: Blue-Throated Macaws communicate among themselves with quiet caws. When in distress, their call is very loud and high pitch. It imitates human vocalizations quite well.


Breeding: Blue-Throated Macaws are monogamous, with one mate for life. They breed between November and March, nesting in hollowed cavities of palm trees. The female lays up to three eggs, which are incubated for around 26 days. Both the male and the female Blue-Throated Macaw feed the chicks once they have hatched. They fledge around 4 months after hatching.

The Blue-Throated Macaw is critically endangered.



Food Habits: The Blue-Throated Macaw eats fruits, principally the fruit of the Motacú palm. This bird also eats nuts, seeds, and berries, but not as dominantly as other birds in its species do.