Spix’s macaw, also known as little blue macaw, is a medium-sized parrot having its roots in Northeast Brazil. Its plumage is mostly in blue. Although males and females are almost similar in appearance, on average, females are a bit smaller.
|Other Names||Little blue macaw|
|Size||55 to 57 cm (21.5 to 23.5 inch)|
|Wingspan||Around 64 cm|
|Weight||Around 300 grams|
|Color||Mostly in blue shades with grey-blue head, light blue underparts, vivid blue upperparts with brownish- black legs and feet|
|Distribution||Northeast Brazil, mostly in Rio Sao Francisco Valley in the state of Bahia|
|Habitat||Stunted trees, thorny shrubs, and cacti, buriti palm swamps|
|Sound and call||“Whichaka” (mating call); It also makes squawking sounds|
|Clutch||4 to 7 eggs|
|Incubation Period||25 to 28 days|
|Fledge date||Around 70 days|
|How long do Spix’s Macaw live||Between 20 to 40 years (average being 28 to 29 years)|
|Diet||Seeds and nuts|
|IUCN Conservation Status||Critically endangered and probably extinct in the wild|
Spix’s Macaw as Pets
Large planted flights are required with attached shelters. As they are heavy chewers, wooden constructions are not recommended. Metal structures with strong mesh are usually used.
Cage Accessories: As they enjoy chewing, they need a regular supply of fresh branches and tree trumps. They need these for entertainment purpose as well as to trim their strong beaks.
Since they are fond of bathing, water in small containers can be kept in their enclosures.
They should not be exposed to temperatures below 20°C or 68°F.
Spix’s Macaw’s engaging and vibrant behavior makes them one of the most preferred pets. In addition to being lively and playful, they are known to be quite noisy as well.
They mostly feed on various types of seeds and nut, while fruits and vegetables like apples, banana, plum, cucumbers, carrots can be included in their diet. Pigeon food and tree bark can also be given. Supply of avian vitamin and mineral supplements is necessary as well.
On the basis of research, the captive population is known to live around 10 years longer than the wild ones.
Keep an eye out for feather plucking, droopy eyes, and watery droppings as these are all signs of ailments. Make a quick trip to a vet if you notice any of these.
A price of a Spix’s macaw owing to the lack of its availability, has gone up to $200,000.
- They are initially shy when caught in the wild but, gets acclimatized with the caretaker quite easily.
- In the 2011 animated movie Rio, the lead characters of Blu and Jewel were Spix’s macaws.
- The destruction of the Caraiba forest and other human activities over the last 500 years is thought to be responsible for Spix’s macaw’s extinction in the wild. In addition to these, trapping for illegal trade posed a threat to the species and is responsible for its dwindling population.