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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The first captive breeding occurred in the s in Brazil, in the aviaries of the late Alvaro Carvalhaes, an aviculturist from Santos. These observations resulted in an early supposition of a vast potential range for the species in the dry interior of the northeast.

Loro Parque Fundacion, ; Yakan, The wild male is paired with a female Illiger’s macaw Primolius maracana – a bird of a spxiii species. They consume the fruit of cactus trees and the seeds of faveleira and pinhao trees and could be effective seed dispersers. They also s;ixii that the Spix were spiteful to other birds. In the breeding season veterinarians and scientists from Parrot Reproduction Consulting, a German veterinary practice focused on parrot reproduction medicine, and Al Wabra developed new specific strategies for semen collection and artificial insemination of the Spix’s macaw.

The Spix’s macaw and Illiger’s macaw pair mate every year. Spix’s macaw is easy to identify being the only small blue macaw and cyznopsitta by the bare grey facial skin of its lores and eyerings.

It wasn’t until that naturalist Prince Charles Bonaparte properly placed it in its own genus, designating the bird Cyanopsitta spixi [ sic ], [9] based on important morphological differences between it and the other blue spixik.

The primary reasons for decline were habitat destruction and capture for the pet trade. A clutch is usually two to three eggs and is laid in the hollows of the dead crowns of craibeira trees.


Spix’s macaw

Arini List of macaws Mini-macaws. This, no doubt, contributes to the naturally small population of Spix’s macaws. Red-shouldered macaw Hahn’s macaw or noble macaw.

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The study also states that diversification of the Neotropical parrot lineages occurred starting 33 myaa period roughly coinciding with the separation of South America from West Antarctica. The goal of the Association is to produce about 20 macaws per year.

Spix’s Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii) – BirdLife species factsheet

However, artificial insemination was not used in this case. It is suspected that when the macaws were more abundant, males competed for mates as well as for nesting spots.

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Conservation Status Spix’s macaws are by far the rarest and one of the most protected birds in the world.

Inornithologist Helmut Sick, based on information from traders and trappers, extended the possible range of the Spix’s macaw to embrace the northeastern part of the state of Goias and the southern part of the state of Maranhao.

The genus name is derived from the Ancient Greek kuanos meaning “blue” and psittakos meaning “parrot”. It would very likely be all the better if it would eat bread and milk, as it might then produce some flight feathers, which it never yet has had.


It is a member of Tribe Arini in the subfamily Arinae Neotropical parrotspart of the family Psittacidae the true parrots. Skip to main content. As of June there are approximately 96 Spix’s macaws in captivity.

The habitat and status of Spix’s Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii. In a episode titled “Wildlife” of Law and Order SVU the bird was included in an international animal smuggling ring. The bird was exceedingly rare in aviculture, the few being held by wealthy collectors rather than privately as pets. It had a very restricted natural habitat due to its dependence on the tree for nesting, feeding and roosting.

Due to deforestation in its limited range and specialized habitat, the bird has been rare in the wild throughout the twentieth century.

Their wingspans are 1. However these trees are colonizers, not native to the bird’s habitat, so they could not have been historical staples of the diet. Naturalists have noted the Spix’s similarity to other smaller members of tribe Arini based on general morphology as long ago as Rev.

In a committee was cyanopsittta and re-structured under the title of “The Working Group for the Recovery of the Spix’s Macaw”. Spix’s macaw is the only known species of the genus Cyanopsitta. Threatened Birds of the Americas. Rodents of Unusual Size.

Their irises are pale yellowish, and the feet are grey. If any populations remain, they are likely to be tiny, and for these reasons the species is classified as Critically Endangered 1.