Spix's Macaw

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The Spix’s Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii) – also known as the Little Blue Macaw – is by far the rarest Macaw in the world, we imported these species from Brazil in 2002 and started breeding them in 2004 till date.

The Spix’s Macaw belongs to a group that is commonly referred to as the “Blue Macaws”, which includes the closely related Glaucous Macaws (Anodorhynchus glaucus), Lear’s Macaws (Anodorhynchus leari) and the Hyacinth (Anodorhynchus. hyacinthinus). All members of this group are either extinct or at risk of becoming extinct.

The members of this group were historically frequently confused with each other. Even though the live birds can be identified quite readily by those with basic knowledge of the species; the identification proved far more challenging when working with diseased specimen or only their skins.  For example, the first bird found by von Spix was misidentified as a Hyacinth – only two years later, it was noted that this was indeed a new species, and it was named after the person who discovered it (von Spix).

Alternative Names (Spix’s Macaw):

Czech: ara škraboškový, Ara Spixuv … Danish: Spixara .. Dutch: Spix’ Ara … Estonian: safiiraara … Finnish: Siniara … French: Ara de Spix … German: Spix Ara, Spixara, Spix-Ara … Italian: Ara di spix … Japanese: aokongouinko,… Latin: Ara spixii … Norwegian: Brilleara, Spixara … Polish: ara modra … Portuguese: Ararinha-azul… Slovak: Ara sivomodrá … Slovenian: Spixov makao, spixov makav … Spanish: Guacamayo de Spix, Maracaná Azul … Swedish: Spixara

Spix’s Macaws are energetic and noisy parrots with inquisitive and playful personalities. They can get aggressive, even outside the breeding season. Wild-caughts are initially shy, but usually get used to their caretakers quite quickly. Once acclimatized, they are quite hardy. In spacious flights, they can be kept in groups outside the breeding season.


Based on the limited data that is available on this species, They can live between 20 to 40 years, the average being 28 – 29. It is estimated that captive birds can live about 10 years longer than wild specimen.