Lear’s Macaw

The Anodorhynchus leari (scientific name) or lear’s macaw is a noisy social parrot which roosts in colonies located in cliffs or canyons, found mostly in Brazil. First described by Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1856, this bird was not seen for over a century after and only rediscovered in 1978. The lear’s macaw is as long as 28-30 inches. It is metallic indigo blue with a pale-yellow patch at the bottom of its curved black beak. Its diet is comprised mostly of licuri palm nuts, but it is also known to eat flowers and maize. The average clutch-size does not exceed 1-2 eggs per year during mating season, from December to May. Its IUCN listing is ENDANGERED.

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