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Blue-headed Macaw

Ara de Coulon – Pairi Daiza

They live for a remarkably long time

This little macaw is only about 40 cm in size with beautiful plumage that is essentially green and a blue head. It has cheeks of bare grey skin whereas, usually, other macaws have white cheeks.

The Blue-Headed Macaw lives in the Amazon forests of Eastern Peru and Northern Bolivia. This bird was rather unknown, its habitat having been, for decades, under the control of revolutionary terrorist-groups of the “Luminous Path” in Peru. Since the disappearance of these groups, the Blue-Headed Macaw has been studied better to be classified among the species in danger! Only somewhere between 1,000 and 2,500 of them are thought to be left in the wild.

It feeds not only on seeds and fruit but also on insects and larvae. It is a noisy bird which utters strident cries.

Living in small flocks and couples, the Blue-Headed Macaws nest not only in big trees but also in clay cliffs along the waterways.

Like most parrots, they live for a remarkably long time: around 40 years.

Ara de Coulon – Pairi Daiza
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A "vulnerable" species

  • Name : Blue-headed Macaw
  • Latin name : Primolius couloni
  • Origin : Eastern Peru
  • IUCN status : Vulnerable
  • Cites : Appendix I

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