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Spix's Macaw


Scientific Name: Cyanopsitta spixii


Origin: Brazil.


Habitat: The Spix’s Macaw lives in gallery woodland in Caraiba trees.


Physical Description: The Spix’s Macaw stands up to 56cm (22 inches) tall.

It is easily recognizable for its small size and solid blue color. Its cheeks and eyerings are greyish in color, with brown-black feet and a dark grey beak. This bird’s irises are yellow.  


Behavior: Spix’s Macaws are lively, loyal and affectionate, making great companions. However, they are loud and noisy. They need socialization to stay stimulated.


Vocalization: The Spix’s Macaw has a noisy and raucous vocalization that makes them easy to identify. They usually call out when in flight, to mark territory, to identity one and another, and when they sense danger.


Breeding: The Spix’s Macaw mates for life. Their breeding season is between November and March, starting with an elaborate displayed courtship between the mates.

Nests are built in trees, particularly Craibeira trees. The couple typically uses the same nest year after year.

The female lays two to three eggs, at two-day intervals. She incubates them alone for around 28 days. The male feeds the female during the incubation time.

Around 70 days after hatching, the chicks fledge.

The Spix’s Macaw is extinct in the wild.


Food Habits: Spix’s Macaws eat seeds and nuts from the trees in their habitat.