Spix's Macaw

(Cyanopsitta spixii)




Facts about this animal

The Spix's Macaw is a medium-sized parrot with a length of 56 cm. It has a graduated tail which is longer than the body. The plumage is mainly blue, darker on the back, the wings and the upper tail. The underside of the tail is dark grey, the forehead and the ear coverts are grey tinged with blue; the rest of the head is greyish-blue. It has a slight greenish tinge below. The naked skin around the eyes and lores is dark grey and the bill is grey-black. Immature birds are darker than adults and have a shorter tail.

Did you know?
that the presumably last wild Spix's macaw died in 2001, and that the only hope for the survival of the species lies now with the few birds that are kept by zuoos and (mainly) private breeders?


Class AVES
Name (Scientific) Cyanopsitta spixii
Name (English) Spix's Macaw
Name (French) Ara de Spix, Ara à face grise
Name (German) Spix-Blauara
Name (Spanish) Guacamayito azul
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Not listed



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Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots



Range Northeastern Brazil
Habitat Gallery woodland along seasonal creeks
Wild population Probably 0
Zoo population In October, 2008, the International Studbook population comprised 63 birds (26.37) in 5 institutions

In the Zoo

Spix's Macaw


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 11D of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots

Why do zoos keep this animal

Most probably the Spix's macaw is extinct in the wild. With a view of preserving the species ex situ, an International Studbook has been established under the WAZA umbrella.