BLUE-THROATED MACAW: Ara glaucigularis

The blue-throated Macaw is about 34 includes long, including the length of its tail feathers, and has a wingspan of 3 feet. It weighs about 32-39 oz. and is named after the blue patch of feathers on its throat. The Blue-throated may live up to 80 years.

STATUS IN NEW ENGLAND: Not found wild in the United States.
HABITAT: The Blue-throated Macaw lives in the savanna of the Beni Department of Bolivia, nesting in “Islas” of palm trees. This is not a forest dwelling bird. It is one of the rarest in the world.
FOOD: In the wild this macaw eats primarily fruit from the palm species Attalea phalerata as well as other palms. In captivity food includes fruits, nuts, berries, and seeds.

 

Woodstock

Woodstock (Woody) was bred in captivity in the spring of 2015 and given to Wind Over
Wings by an international nonprofit organization focused on bird conservation. Woody is in training as an ambassador in our educational service to help people understand the importance of environmental conservation internationally. He will hopefully help humans understand how they can bring this beautiful species back from the brink of extinction.

The Blue-throated Macaw (Ara glaucigularis) in the wild comes from a small area of
north-central Bolivia. This species of macaw is critically endangered due to poaching for the cage bird trade as well as habitat loss. These macaws build nests in and eat the fruit of large palms that are being removed to make room for cattle. Recent estimates of the population indicates that only about 350-400 remain in the wild.

What is being done? The World Parrot Trust is monitoring nests to protect chicks from predation. The American Bird Conservancy has partnered with the World Land Trust – US Loro Parque Foundation, and Associacion Armonia to create a Blue-throated Macaw Reserve. The reserve is now 11,500 acres. Several captive breeding and conservation projects are underway. As a result, the captive population is many times larger than the wild population.

Woodstock has a wonderful personality. He is rambunctious, inquisitive, and eager. Sometimes parrots are afraid of new toys. Not Woody! He can shred toys faster than I can buy them. He is mostly blue in color with an orange-yellow chest and a blue feathered throat. And what an appetite!

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