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Blue-throated macaw

Ara glaucogularis

Blue-throated macaw

Blue-throated macaws hatch out pink and with no feathers. It is possible to tell a macaw’s age by looking at its eyes. When they are born their eyes are black, turning grey by the time they are three years old. By eight years old, the eye will be yellow and from ten years old the eyes will be golden. Older macaws also get a grey ring around the pupil.

Animal class
Bird

Habitat
Forest and savanna

Diet
Herbivore. Blue-throated macaws prefer fruits from large palm trees.

Size
The average blue-throated macaw can be up to 85cm long and can weigh up to 950 grams.

Location
Blue-throated macaws are found in the forests and savanna of the Beni Department in the north of Bolivia.

Conservation status
The IUCN believes that the blue-throated macaw faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. They are listed in Appendix I of CITES.

Threats
The main threats is the pet trade and destruction of habitat.

Current population
The population is stable but there are fewer than 250 blue-throated macaws left in the wild.

Zoo population
There is an EEP for this species of macaw. There are 300 blue-throated macaws in zoos around the world.