Lear's Macaw, Indigo Macaw

Lear's Macaw, Indigo Macaw

Lear's Macaw, Indigo Macaw by Becci Crowe
Species & Artwork Details
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
PSITTACIDAE
Order: 
PSITTACIFORMES
Genus: 
Anodorhynchus
Species: 
leari
Population trend: 
unknown
Authority: 
Bonaparte, 1856
Common names (Spa): 
Guacamayo Cobalto, Guacamayo de Lear
Medium: 
Watercolor
The Lear's Macaw, also known as the Indigo Macaw, strikes a brilliant blue against the sandstone canyons in Brazil where they roost and nest. This large all-blue Brazilian parrot is endangered with a highly restricted range. Habitat loss, hunting, and trapping for the pet trade reduced their numbers, and by the late 1980s there were only 70 known birds left in the wild. Multiple conservation organizations along with local ranchers are working to help conserve the species and their numbers have increased to about 1,200 today. As an Artist active in conservation, it's as important for Becci Crowe to be in the field as it is in her studio and her worldwide explorations provide inspiration for her work.