Blue-headed Macaw

About the Blue-headed Macaw

Also known as: Coulon's 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.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 27 November 2017
Scientific Name
Primolius couloni
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Primolius
  • P. couloni
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
15.6 to 16 inches
7.3 to 10.4 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
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.

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Maracanã-de-cabeça-azul
Chinese (汉语) 蓝头金刚鹦鹉
Czech (Cesky) ara šedolící
Danish (Dansk) Blåhovedet Dværgara
Dutch (Nederlands) Blauwkopara
Finnish (Suomi) sinipääara
French (Français) Ara de Coulon
German (Deutsch) Blaukopfara
Italian (Italiano) Ara testablu
Japanese (日本語) ヤマヒメコンゴウインコ [yamahimekongouinko]
Norwegian (Norsk) Blåhodeara
Polish (Polski) ara niebieskoglowa
Portuguese (Português) Maracanã-de-cabeça-azul
Russian (русский язык) Горный ара
Spanish (Español) Guacamayo Cabeciazul
Swedish (Svenska) blåhuvad ara
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