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Blue-headed Macaw

Ara couloni

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Blue-headed Macaw

Blue-headed macaws are also known as “mini” macaws. Until the middle 1990’s Blue headed macaws were unknown in aviculture.Their heads are a blue-grey color and the beak is pale. The facial skin is grey and the eyes are bright yellow with red rings around the iris. The tail is long and tapered and is blue and green. Mini macaws are lively boisterous birds and require generous living space. They are playful and love to chew - especially wooden blocks and branches from non-toxic trees. In the wild these birds will eat soil at ‘clay licks.’ It’s believed that this behavior provides a source of sodium and protects the birds from toxins in their natural diet.

Listed as vulnerable due to over-collecting for pet trade.

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About This Animal

SIZE  16 inches tall

RANGE The blue-headed macaw occurs in eastern Peru, extreme western Brazil, and north-western Bolivia.

HABITAT  It is found in the south-west Amazon and adjacent east Andean foothills.

DIET  Their dietary preferences in the wild is largely unknown. In captivity they are known to do well on the normal captive macaw diet of fruits, nuts and berries.