Blue Throated Macaw

Ara caninde

by Sally Blanchard

» Was previously called the Caninde Macaw
» About 33" long
» Critically Endangered
 with only about 100 or so birds in the wild.
» Without serious conservation efforts, this macaw will become extinct in the wild.
» Captive populations greatly outnumber birds in the wild
» From a small area in Bolivia

It has only been in the last thirty years that these macaws have been available for companions. They are very endangered in the wild. For a long time, people confused them with being small blue and golds but they are actually quite a different macaw both in appearance and personality. I was delighted by a young handicapped blue-throat named Icarus who lived with a woman I visited in Florida. Ick (for short) was a delightful, energetic macaw who, despite a skeletal problem in his hips, was full of mischief and had no idea his was handicapped. He was quite fun to play with as long as he chose the game.

Although the blue-throated macaw  has been uncommon as companions, many more are now available. Originally many were produced at a large bird farm in Florida. Unfortunately socialization was not important there so quite a few blue-throats came into the market with problems.

I have met quite a few of these macaws since then and I find them to be highly energetic, acrobatic, and a bit stubborn at times. I spent close to an hour watching a group of three youngsters play king-of-the hill on a long boingg.  None of them were willing to give up an inch but they were obviously playing

The late Laney Rickman created the Bird Endowment Fund and was a champion of  the Blue-throated Macaw dedicated to increasing their population in the wild. 




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