Blue-throated Macaw Ara glaucogularis

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The Bolivian endemic Blue-throated Macaw is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. This species was thought to be extinct in the wild, but new individuals were observed in the international pet trade, leading to the realization that a wild population must exist. In 1992 the Blue-throated Macaw was indeed discovered to still remain in a distant area of Beni Department, Bolivia. Initially the population was estimated to be only 50 birds but recent surveys have estimated that 300 birds are remaining and they are found in a more extensive area than previously thought. This macaw is found often along side the similar and much more widespread Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna). The Blue-throated is identified by its blue throat patch, reddish facial skin, and entirely blue wings. This macaw lives in savanna habitat, and forages primarily on mocatú palm (Attalea phalerata), the primary food of several macaw species found in the region.

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Recommended Citation

Blue-throated Macaw (Ara glaucogularis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: