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AUGUST 06, 2021

Did You Know? 19 Incredible Blue-Throated Macaw Facts

Blue-throated macaw facts talk about the blue-throated macaw personality.

The blue-throated macaw (Ara glaucogularis) is a species of parrot that is a native of the savanna of Bolivia. These wild birds with a beautiful coloration of blue and yellow belong to a group of herbivores that can live up to a span of 50 years. Blue-throated macaws have the capability to climb trees as well as walk on the ground efficiently. Even though they are geographically isolated, these blue-throated macaws are quite social and are often found in pairs or groups. These macaws are monogamous and breed once a year, hatching one to three eggs every season. Being extremely particular about their nests, these macaws do not like to reuse their nests and change their nest boxes every breeding season.

Also known as the Barba Azul, the blue and yellow macaw is considered to be Critically Endangered and has been under supervision to avoid becoming extinct. This intelligent blue and gold rare species of macaw was thought to be extinct until bundles of the blue-throated macaw were found in South America in 1992.

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Blue-Throated Macaw Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a blue-throated macaw?

The blue-throated macaw is a bird. It belongs to the family Psittacidae.

What class of animal does a blue-throated macaw belong to?

The blue-throated macaw (Ara glaucogularis) belongs to the Aves class of animals. Unlike other birds belonging to this class, these wild birds possess the capability of climbing trees and can even walk on the ground.

How many blue-throated macaws are there in the world?

According to the IUCN, around 50-249 mature blue-throated macaws are currently residing in the savanna of Bolivia, which is their only habitat.

Where does a blue-throated macaw live?

The Critically Endangered blue-throated macaws are only found in the savanna region of Bolivia, situated in South America, particularly in lowland areas.

What is a blue-throated macaw's habitat?

The blue-throated macaw was thought to be extinct until a group of the species was found in the northern savanna region of Bolivia, which comes under the temperate zone. Due to this climatic condition, tall trees like palm trees are generally found in this area which is mostly preferred by these macaws for their habitation.

Who does a blue-throated macaw live with?

Blue-throated macaws are mostly social birds that are found to stay with their parents. On rare occasions, they can be spotted in a group of seven to nine members of the same kind.

How long does a blue-throated macaw live?

The life span of this Critically Endangered wild bird varies in terms of the location of its habitat. They normally have an average life expectancy of 25 years while living in the wild, but when kept under supervision and in the proper care of blue-throated macaw breeders, they can live up to 50 years.

How do they reproduce?

Blue-throated macaws are sexually monogamous in nature. These bright yellow macaw birds attain their sexual maturity between the age of two to four years and they mate once a year.

The breeding season of these largely bright yellow blue-throated macaws revolves around the rainy season, ranging between the months of October and March. Unlike most other birds, blue-throated macaws do not create and build their own nests to reproduce, instead, they find it comfortable to lay their eggs in gaps in trees. These macaws produce one to three eggs every breeding season, which take an average of 26 days to hatch.

What is their conservation status?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has given blue-throated macaws the status of Critically Endangered in their Red List of Threatened Species. Consequently, a program is in place in Bolivia for the recovery of this Barba Azul bird.

Blue-Throated Macaw Fun Facts

What do blue-throated macaws look like?

Blue-throated macaws are one of the most beautiful and rarest species of macaws in the world. Pretty much understandable from the name itself, these macaws have a prominent blue throat while the rest of their body parts like the chest, belly, and arms are covered in yellow, with an alternate blue patch of skin. They have stripes of black and white right below their eyes, connecting to their dark black beak and separated by a bare facial patch.

Blue-throated macaw facts are interesting.

How cute are they?

These blue-throated macaws are extremely alluring and delightful, emitting vibrant colors of yellow and blue, which make them one of the most beautiful members of their family.

How do they communicate?

Blue-throated macaws have a unique way of communicating with their own kind. Generally, they communicate using sound, and whenever they sense an oncoming danger, they alarm others by emitting a very loud noise followed by flying away. In most cases, they make extensive use of their claws too.

How big is a blue-throated macaw?

These macaws are generally 33 in (85 cm) long in the case of both males and females. They are way bigger than an average Spix's macaw in length. Younger macaws look exactly like adult macaws except for the fact that they possess a comparatively shorter tail.

How fast can a blue-throated macaw move?

Blue-throated macaws have an average speed of 34.1 mph (55 kph), and their firm grip while moving from tree to tree in the tropical savanna is noticeable.

How much does a blue-throated macaw weigh?

The blue-throated macaw has an average weight of 1.7 lb (0.75 g). They are about 30 times heavier than the pheasant pigeon but weigh much less than a green macaw that weighs around 2.8 lb (1.3 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

In the case of blue-throated macaws, male macaws are referred to as a 'cock', whereas female macaws are generally referred to as a 'hen.'

What would you call a baby blue-throated macaw?

A baby blue-throated macaw is generally referred to as a 'chick.'

What do they eat?

Blue-throated macaws are herbivores in nature and mostly feed on fruits found in the savanna. Apart from fruits, they have been seen feeding on varieties of nuts, seeds, and berries. They also love the juice of immature fruits from palm trees.

Are they poisonous?

Even though blue-throated macaws are found in wild populations in the savanna, they do not possess any poisonous traits. They are herbivores by nature and are considered to be extremely friendly to humans.

Would they make a good pet?

Considering the fact that blue-throated macaws are a recently discovered species of the parrot family, they have been seen to be extremely friendly with humans and can live with humans in captivity for up to 50 years.

Did you know...

The blue-throated macaw is known as the Barba Azul in Spanish, which means 'blue beard.' It is called so due to the unique coloration of its throat and body.

Blue-throated macaws have a unique way of cleaning themselves. Unlike other birds, they use trees to clean their beaks, scarring the branches and the trunks of trees with their sharp beaks.

As blue-throated macaws are herbivores they love feeding on fruits. In doing this, these macaws act as a mediator of the process of pollination. They become an external factor as they help the seeds of fruits to be scattered further around their environment.

Mostly these birds are found in the wild, feeding on the fruits of palm trees, but did you know that scientists have found that these birds are allergic to chocolate and avocado?

Are blue-throated macaws at risk of extinction?

According to research by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), blue-throated macaws are considered Critically Endangered, with just 50-249 individuals living at the moment. So, yes, this species is at a high risk of extinction. They are extinct in all locations, including Rio, apart from Bolivia.

Blue-throated macaw cost

Blue-throated macaws were considered to be extinct until they were discovered in the year 1992 in Bolivia. Due to their very recent rediscovery and low availability, their market value is considered to be around $2000-$3000.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our eagle facts and hawk facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable blue throated macaw coloring pages.

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