We're adding new birds each day until we reach our 500th Birdorable species! Today's Bonanza bird is the Blue-throated Macaw. The Blue-throated Macaw is a large species of macaw endemic to Bolivia. These bright and beautiful birds are critically endangered in the... Read more »
The lovely Blue-throated Macaw is a large species of macaw endemic to Bolivia in South America. These majestic birds have beautiful coloration; the turquoise blue tail and wings contrast with bright yellow underparts.
Blue-throated Macaws are Critically Endangered. Some estimates put the total wild population at just 130 individuals or less. Today these magnificent birds suffer from habitat loss. Their population suffered in the past from explotation from the pet trade which decimated the population. The trend for the species in the wild is considered stable as of July 2013; several groups, including the American Bird Conservancy, are working to increase their numbers and help prevent the extinction of these beautiful birds from the wild.
Details & Statistics
The Blue-throated Macaw is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species qualifies as Critically Endangered because its population is extremely small and each isolated subpopulation is tiny and declining as a result of trade and habitat loss. Overall, it is likely to have undergone an extremely rapid population reduction over the past three generations.