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Species

Blue-and-yellow macaw

(Ara ararauna)

Length: 75-86 cm
Weight: 995 to 1380 g.

Coloration: The upper parts of the body are blue and the underparts are yellow, and it has narrow lines of black facial feathers and also a black throat.

Status

this species is classified as CITES II. It is not in imminent danger. But, as with the majority of Brazilian animals, this species present local problems, i.e., it is abundant in some locations but not very common in others, because the destruction of its habitat in these areas has kept the macaws away. It is commonly found in captivity. Species studied by the Hyacinth Macaw Project.

Source: IUCN

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Geographical Distribution

Panama, Colombia, the Guianas, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina. In Brazil, they occur in the North and Central-West regions, in Bahia, Minas Gerais, and São Paulo. Since 2002, they have been living in Campo Grande, the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul, where they can be easily observed.

Habitat

Floodplains with groves of buriti and babassu palms and the edge of the forest.

Food

Fruits and seeds mostly from palms.

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Source: IUCN

Taxonomy

Class: Birds

Order: Psittaciformes

Family: Psittacidae

Genre: Ara

Scientific name: Ara ararauna.

Popular name: Blue-and-yellow macaw, yellow-bellied macaw

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