|Blue-and-yellow Macaw Ara ararauna
(aka Blue-and-gold Macaw)
Brazilian name: arara-canindé
Brazil and Ecuador
Gradually disappearing from the edges of its range due to trapping for the caged bird trade and loss of habitat. It disappeared from most of South East Brazil in the 1960s and the Nariva Swamp, Trinidad in the 1980s.
|Thousands have been exported over the years: 18,000 from Bolivia in 4 years from 1981 -1984, 2,000 a year from
Guyana until 1993, while it has virtually disappeared from the Orinoco Delta, French Guiana and Surinam.
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|The scientific name is a misnomer since "arara-una" in Tupí means "Black Macaw."
Still, Linnaeus can't have known everything!
Jeremy Minns recording is of the two birds seen flying in photo 2.
|It is distributed throughout much of the Amazon and Orinoco Basins and in northern Colombia and Panama. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in seasonally flooded várzea forest and gallery forest up to about 500 metres.|
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