Blue-throated Macaw

South America


Ara glaucogularis


For decades past, this bird species is almost hunted down to extinction for wide-scale bird trade.

The Blue-Throated Macaw, a large parrot from the Psittacidae family, is endemic to Bolivia and known locally as ‘barba azul’ or ‘blue beard’ in Spanish. In 2014, it was declared as one of the country’s natural patrimony (heritage or asset).

Also known as Caninde macaw or Wagler’s macaw, it can only be found on the tropical plain environment of Los Llanos de Moxos. It makes its nest within cavities of trees in savannahs, wetlands, and grasslands with a preference for nuts, seeds, and fruits of the Motacu palm tree.

Like its name, it has bright turquoise plumage all over its body though its throat patch has a darker shade of blue. Other physical features include yellow underparts and eyes, black bill, and bare facial patch. It can grow up to 85 cm in length and can weigh up to 1,100 g.