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Criteria: D Click here for more information about the Red List categories and criteria. Justification of Red List category. Although this species exists in several. Spix’s Macaw cm; g (captivity). Crown pale greenish blue; bare mask-like area around eye to upper mandible blackish grey;. Spix’s Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii. Check out the full taxonomy and distribution of Spix’s Macaw on HBW Alive. HBW Alive contains information on Descriptive.

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Most other material is derived. Show Details Hide Details. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts. Loro Parque Fundacion, ; Yakan, The wild male is paired with a female Illiger’s macaw Primolius maracana – a bird of a different species.

In addition, the birds travel in pairs or family units and take active roles in feeding their young and finding food for each spixji. Spix’s macaws are by far the rarest and one of the most protected birds in the world.

American bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus. As of June there are approximately 96 Spix’s macaws in captivity.

Spix’s macaw

Like many other species of macaw, Spix’s macaws are masters of mimcry. Also known as little blue macaw. The first captive breeding occurred in the s in Brazil, in the aviaries of the late Epixii Carvalhaes, an aviculturist from Santos. At first, the two macaws are both very aggressive and fight with each other, but they eventually make up and fall in love.

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Although known to science since The same nests are generally reused each year – this makes them especially susceptible to poaching because the poachers can take note of the location of the nest and return each breeding season.

There are only about a dozen original ornithological research papers devoted exclusively to the Spix written in the last 40 years. There are many ways to contribute—we need species information, photographs, audio, video, translations, maps, distribution data, and bird sightings. In Junethe population of the species numbered approximately individuals and an agreement was signed between the Ministry of the Cyanopitta of Brazil and conservation organizations of Belgium Pairi Daiza Foundation and Germany Cywnopsitta for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots to establish the repatriation of 50 Spix’s macaws to Brazil by the first quarter of Cyanopsltta were made to the extreme rarity caynopsitta the bird and the potential value of it and other endangered species.


Parrots of the World; an Identification Guide. Its lifespan in the wild is unknown; the only documented bird the last wild malewas older than 20 years.

Spix’s macaw – Wikipedia

Illustrated by Frank Knight. Communication and Perception Like many other species of macaw, Spix’s macaws are masters of mimcry. Naturalists have noted the Spix’s similarity to other smaller members of tribe Arini based on general morphology as long ago as Rev.

Geographic Range Spix’s macaws were found in interior northwestern Brazil in small areas in southern Piaui, extreme southern Maranhao, northeastern Goias, and northwestern Bahia. The eldest bird in captivity died at age 34 years. A small number of birds persists in captivity, and it is hoped that someday captive-breeding efforts could eventually sustain a release program. Much remains uncertain about the extent of the bird’s original range, because most of its woodland habitat was cleared before naturalists observed either the birds or the Caraiba nesting sites.

It feeds primarily on seeds and nuts of Caraiba and various Euphorbiaceae spurge shrubs, the dominant vegetation of the Caatinga. Share this image — Hide sharing options. MyARKive offers the scrapbook feature to signed-up members, allowing you to organize your favourite Arkive images and videos and share them with friends. Visit our endangered species page to learn more.

It was found in spixi purse of a victim who had been mauled by a tiger. Spix’s macaw is easy to identify being the only small blue macaw and also by the bare grey facial skin of its lores and eyerings. The Spix’s macaw and Illiger’s macaw pair mate every year. The Caraibeira constitutes a microclimate within the Caatinga. There are usually two or three young per nest.


Spix’s Macaw – Cyanopsitta spixii : WAZA : World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

On 19 June, the bird was filmed in poor quality although its call was identified as a Spix’s Macaw. Central Pets Educational Foundation, ; Yakan, It has hemp, millet, and canary, and peanuts, cyano;sitta I do not think it eats much cyznopsitta any of them. There is an area of featherless, dark grey skin around the eyes. The wild male is paired with a female Illiger’s macaw Primolius maracana – a bird of a different species.

Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Central Pets Educational Foundation, ; Juniper and Yamashita, Primary Diet herbivore frugivore granivore Plant Foods seeds, grains, and nuts fruit Predation When threatened, especially in the presence of eggs or fledglings, Spix’s macaws are known to lay on their side on the ground to draw attention to themselves. One of the earliest records and one of very few at all of a Spix’s macaw in cyanopitta public zoo was a dramatic display of “the four blues” including Spix’s, glaucous, hyacinth, and Lear’s macaws in at the Berlin Zoo.

In captivity, parents are very involved with the growth, learning, and development of their young which leads to specuation that macaws live and travel in a tight-knit family unit. Spizii female Spix’s macaw released from captivity at the site in was killed by collision with a power line after seven weeks.

Breeding in captivity has been achieved several times. A clutch is usually two to three eggs and is laid in the hollows of the dead crowns of craibeira trees.

However, not all of the macaw genera were represented in the study. Roth and Pittman, ; Yakan, The bird was already rare by the time of Spix’s discovery of it in cywnopsitta years of intensive burning, logging and grazing of the caatinga.