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Blue-winged Macaw  

Also Known As: Illiger's Macaw
 
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Blue-winged (Illiger’s) Macaw on tree branch

Credit: © Sam Williams

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Did You Know?
Some wild Blue-winged Macaws have problems with cataracts when they age, which shortens their life due to the handicap of not being able to locate food.

Species Profile
Genus:
Primolius

Species:
maracana

Size: Adult Weight:
43cm (16.8 in) 265g (9.2 oz)

Races including nominate:
one

Colourization Adult: Both adults: forehead red; crown, nape, and lower cheeks green/blue; red on low back and middle of abdomen; blue tail with red/brown around base. Bill black. Bare cere and face pale yellow. Eye orange.

Colourization Juvenile: Red forehead paler; red on abdomen and back tinged with yellow; tail shorter. Eye brown.

Call: Loud screeching and other raucous calls.

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Content Sources:

Animal World http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/macaws/Illigers.php

Busch Gardens/Sea World Adventure Camps

CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1557&m=0

Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/

ML Media Collection Catalogue 115422, Blue-winged Macaw Primolius maracana, Marantz, Curtis, Espirito Santo, Brazil, Dec. 14 1999, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.