Blue-headed Macaw

About the Blue-headed Macaw
Also known as: Coulon's Macaw
Blue-headed Macaw
The Blue-headed Macaw is a small species of macaw found in parts of South America, including Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. They are typically found in humid forested habitat and often by rivers.

Another name for the Blue-headed Macaw is Coulon's Macaw. Little is known about many of the wild behaviors of this species. In captivity, Blue-headed Macaws do well on a diet of varied seeds, fruits, and nuts.

The Blue-headed Macaw can be recognized by its mostly green plumage with blue head (naturally) and flight feathers. Unlike most other species of macaw, its bare facial skin is dark rather than light.

Details & Statistics


The Blue-headed Macaw is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is listed as Vulnerable because it has a small population which is declining owing to exploitation for the cagebird trade and deforestation.

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