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Stumbled upon these guys online today, and they're gorgeous! They're a type of mini-macaw and I'd never heard of them - apparently, they're fairly common in captivity, but maybe not in the U.S.? Anyone heard of them?

 

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OMG! What a beautiful bird!
 
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I have seen them before Jenny. I have however never ever seen one in real life! They're pretty though. I like them!

[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp8lffItibg&feature=related"]YouTube - Blue Headed Macaw Babies[/nomedia]
 
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I know :biggrin5:
 

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I found a breeder here in FL, about 15-20 mins away from me... $12,900 for a 5 month old male! :yikes:

http://www.bluemacaws.com/id313.htm

Apparently "Only 22 Blue headed Macaws total were legally
brought into the States in 2000." so they're very hard to find and when buying one, they provide permits showing their legal importation and ownership which i found here:

http://birdmart.com/classifieds/parrots-for-sale/topic184771/1.08.11.03.35.51.html

Again, another breeder in Loxahatchee, I wonder if it's the same person?

Also read this:
Blue-Headed Macaw Also known as Coulon's Macaw, this rare species is generally green with yellowish underparts and an entirely blue head except for the bare facial skin area which is rather small and grey colored. This mysterious species hails from a limited range in eastern Peru and possibly a small area in western Brazil. It has not been legally exported for a great many years and is very rare outside of South America. Recently a report on birds confiscated by U.S. Customs and auctioned to the public showed two Blue-Headed Macaws on the list so there is a possibility that there are a few specimens in the United States. Very little is known about this macaw. There has been some scientific disagreement for some obscure reason as to whether this is a subspecies of the Illiger's Macaw. This does not appear likely as the species are so physically different and have different vocalizations and completely different ranges.

from here: http://www.avesint.com/brmini.html
 

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Jenny,
There are some that were legally imported into the US. The fellow who originally started the bird store I frequent used to raise them, but I do not believe it was when he lived here. After he sold the store he was into raising rare macaws. I believe, but am not positive, that these were one of the main ones he bred, but how many pairs he actually had I do not know.
Perhaps some day they will breed well enough to build up a good population. That would be nice.
 

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That's cool nanay. I'd like to see them increase in numbers. Spix's macaws are doing well now and are being successfully bred in zoos etc. I think Loro parque in Tenerife have succesfully bred them. I loved it there. So many birds haha!
 

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Does it look hopeful that the sphinx's won't become extinct? I know they believe that they are extinct in the wild already, and only the ones in captivity are alive, but I think it is better to at least have some in captivity than for all of them to be gone.
 

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Well the numbers are boosting for them now nanay so I hope something happens with a wild population or something. But as you said its good that we haven't completely lost them!
 
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