The Blue-throated Macaw, also known as the Caninde Macaw or Wagler’s Macaw, is a large, brightly coloured parrot native to the tropical forests of northern Bolivia. It is a critically endangered species with a population of around 250 individuals in the wild.
The Blue-throated Macaw is a striking bird, with a bright blue head, neck, and breast, and a bright red belly. Its wings and tail are mostly green, with blue and yellow highlights. The species can reach up to 90 cm in length and weigh up to 1.2 kgs.
The Blue-throated Macaw’s natural habitat is the dry, deciduous forests of the Bolivian savannah, where it feeds on a variety of seeds, fruits, and nuts. The species is known for its intelligence and playful nature, and it is often considered one of the most charismatic of all parrots.
The Blue-throated Macaw’s history is closely tied to the history of Bolivia. The species has been a part of the country’s culture for centuries, and it is often depicted in traditional art and folklore. However, in the last century, the species has seen a drastic decline in population due to habitat loss and poaching for the pet trade.
The Blue-throated Macaw is considered a critically endangered species, and there are currently only around 250 individuals left in the wild. Several conservation organizations are working to protect the remaining wild populations, and they have made some progress in recent years. But the species still faces a number of threats, including habitat loss and poaching.
They are fairly easy to breed in captivity, and there is a large pet population in the USA.