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Blue-throated Macaw

 (Ara glaucogularis)

Also known as: Wagler's Macaw, Caninde Macaw

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Blue-throated Macaw adult and fledgling
© Toa Kyle

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The Blue-throated Macaw regularly comes to Tabebuia trees for bill cleaning, made evident by telltale wearing of the tips of branches on this tree.

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Species Profile

Genus: Ara | Species: glaucogularis

Size:

85 cm (33.1 in)

Weight:

750g (26.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults turquoise-blue above, mostly yellow underneath with wide blue throat-patch and narrow yellow stripe on side of neck; tail blue; bare cere and face white with wide green/blue feathered stripes. Bill grey/black.  Eye yellow.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults, but with darker throat band; shorter tail. Eye grey.

Call:

Alarm call loud and raucous, but higher pitched than the Blue-and-yellow Macaw.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Arkive
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 132527, Blue-throated Macaw Ara glaucogularis, Hosner, Peter, El Beni, Bolivia, Jan. 16 2007, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
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.
Psittacine Avicuture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Blue-throated Macaw adult and fledgling
© Toa Kyle

Did You Know?

The Blue-throated Macaw regularly comes to Tabebuia trees for bill cleaning, made evident by telltale wearing of the tips of branches on this tree.

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WPT has helped to save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Ara glaucogularis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Under a thousand in captivity.

Longevity:

50+ yrs

Housing:

A large enclosure 15m (49 ft) long in off breeding season - keeping permanently indoors not recommended.

Diet:

Soaked or sprouted sunflower seed, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, Brazil nuts and pine nuts; fresh corn, cooked maize; fruits such as banana, oranges; cubes of cheese, slices of wholemeal bread; nutritionally complete kibble for macaws.

Enrichment:

Large aviary (4 x 3.6m or 13.1 x 11.8 ft) with tree trunk in middle decorated weekly with fresh branches of pine, fir or eucalyptus, large chewable toys made for macaws, bowls for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Horizontal box, 16" x 16" x 48" (40.6cm x 40.6cm x 122cm) with hole in one end.

Clutch Size:

2 or 3

Incubation Time:

26 days

Fledging Age:

13-14 weeks

Hatch Weight:

18g (0.6 oz)

Peak Weight:

670-830g (23.4-29 oz)

Weaning Weight:

600-700g (21-24.5 oz)

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Blue-throated Macaw adult and fledgling
© Toa Kyle

Did You Know?

The Blue-throated Macaw regularly comes to Tabebuia trees for bill cleaning, made evident by telltale wearing of the tips of branches on this tree.

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WPT has helped to save this species. Learn more

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Related publications: Ara glaucogularis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

100-400 individuals.

IUCN Red List Status:

Critically Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

Historical trapping for international trade, predation, parasitism and disease of adults and chicks and hunting for feathers and meat. Growing threat from Africanised bees (Apis millifera scutellata). Competition for nest sites from similar macaw species also a concern. Low breeding effort (unknown cause) a significant challenge.

Range:

Llanos de Moxos, Beni department, NC Bolivia.

Habitat:

Found in flooded savannas, palm forest 'islands' and species-poor tropical forest in wet lowlands. Up to 300m (984 ft).

Wild Diet:

Main food is Motacú palm fruit; other palm fruits and plants also taken.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Presence in any area depends on availability of palm fruits. Generally occurs in pairs although will roost with others and possibly with Blue-and-gold and Green-winged Macaws.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 or 3 elliptical eggs, 55 x 46mm (2.1 x 1.8 in).

Breeding Season:

September-November.

Related Links:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

Click photo to visit gallery

Blue-throated Macaw adult and fledgling
© Toa Kyle

Did You Know?

The Blue-throated Macaw regularly comes to Tabebuia trees for bill cleaning, made evident by telltale wearing of the tips of branches on this tree.

Programs & Projects

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Academic Research

Related publications: Ara glaucogularis

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