Blue Throated Macaw
Wild: 30 years
Captivity: 50 years
Name of Young
- Blue throated macaws are from the South American country of Bolivia. They are not forest dwelling, and they prefer savannahs and palm stands.
- These macaws are critically endangered. They suffer from habitat loss, poaching, the illegal pet trade, and competition from other species. Since so few are left, there is concern that interbreeding will occur and further weaken the species.
- Bolivia has placed strict protections in an effort to save the species, and live export of the birds was banned in 1984. Despite these efforts, illegal trade continues.
- When they are alarmed they screech and take flight. They may also circle overhead.
- Macaws are monogamous and pairs will fly alongside each other with their wings nearly touching.
Did You Know?
Blue throated macaws nest in tree holes. Due to land clearing and agriculture, they have lost many of the trees suitable for nesting, so they must compete with toucans and other birds. This has contributed to their critically endangered status.