Blue-throated Macaw Conservation
Blue-throated Macaw_Joe Tobias
Photo: Blue-throated Macaw Joe Tobias


The Challenge

Fewer than 350 individuals of the critically endangered Blue-throated Macaw remain in the wild. The species is endemic to the Beni Savannah, one of only two endemic ecosystems in Bolivia. This complex landscape is comprised of grasslands, marshes, forest islands, and corridors of forests along waterways. Unfortunately, the Bolivian government does not protect any tracts of Beni Savannah. The primary threat to this endangered ecosystem is cattle ranching and the associated destruction from overgrazing, burning, and planting of non-native grassland species. Many Blue-throated Macaws are captured for the illegal pet trade.


ABC Conservation Framework

Efforts to save this species comes under Safeguarding the Rarest within ABC's Conservation Framework
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Primary Birds Impacted

In addition to the Blue-throated Macaw, 526 species of birds have been recorded in the Beni region, including six threatened species, five endemics, and nine species of migratory shorebirds, including Buff-breasted Sandpiper.

YouTube - Blue-throated Macaws nesting in the wild by parrotsdotorg



We can prevent the further decline of the Blue-throated Macaw by protecting additional habitat, and by educating the local communities on the conservation of this natural treasure.

ABC Results

ABC Results Button In 2008, ABC partnered with the World Land Trust-US, Loro Parque Fundacion, and Associación Armonia to create the Blue-throated Macaw Reserve. It currently protects 8,800 acres of habitat for the macaw and also jaguar, puma, ocelot, giant anteater, giant armadillo, monkeys in the gallery forest, marsh deer, pampas deer, and maned wolf.
ABC Results Button In 2010, ABC partnered with World Land Trust-US, Loro Parque Fundacion, and Armonia to expand the reserve through acquisition of the 2,800-acre Juvena ranch. The Reserve now protects 11,500 acres.
ABC Results Button Also in 2010, ABC partnered with Loro Parque Fundacion and Chester Zoo to construct a  field station for visiting researchers and intrepid visitors. 
ABC Results Button Pride campaigns and illegal trade campaigns have raised awareness in the local community. The macaw was declared regional patrimony, and communities are beginning to use artificial feathers in Carnival costumes to reduce pressure on the macaw.


What Next?

What Next Button ABC is currently raising funds for this flagship reserve in Boliva to construct ecolodge cabins for visitors and build an additional laboratory for researchers.
What Next Button Monitor the Blue-throated Macaw population.
What Next Button Savannah protection such as fire breaks and fences from cattle.
What Next Button Purchase adjoining ranch that has key habitat.

Take Action

Support conservation by birding in Bolivia! You can also donate to ABC to help pay for needed infrastructure, bird monitoring, land acquisition, and habitat management.