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Spix’s macaw

Species

Spix’s macaw

(Cyanopsitta spixii)

Length: 55 to 57 cm.
Weight: 296 to 400 g.

Coloration: solid blue, the head in a slightly paler tone and the wings in a darker shade.

Status

Considered EXTINCT in the wild (CITES I). The last living individual disappeared in 2000, leaving a few more than 60 individuals raised in captivity, most of which are outside of Brazil. There is a study group coordinated by IBAMA working internationally to recover the species. The real involvement of the local population, promoted by the Projeto Ararinha Azul in Curaça in Bahia (www.ararinha-azul.vila.bol.com.br) is effective, for while it seeks to increase the population in captivity, it also conserves the specific habitat, with a goal of future reintroductions. A pair of little blue macaws (C.spixii) at the Zoo in São Paulo.

Source: IUCN

Geographical Distribution

Curaçá, city in the north of Bahia.

Habitat

Savannah gallery forests where the caraíba, or Trumpet tree (Tabebuia caraiba) is prevalent.

Food

Seeds of Jatropha sp, Cnidoscolus sp; fruits of Ziziphus sp and Maytennus sp.

Distribution map

Source: IUCN

Taxonomy

Class: Birds

Order: Psittaciformes

Family: Psittacidae

Genre: Cyanopsitta

Scientific name: Cyanopsitta spixii.

Popular name: Spix’s macaw.

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