Posted Sep 30, 2012
Blue-Throated Macaws are often confused with their common cousin, the Blue & Gold Macaw, but subtle differences in colouring around the face as well as the tint of blue on the body and general size separate one from the other - BTMs are slightly smaller, somewhere between a large Severe Macaw and a Small B&G. They are quite rare in capitivity and even moreso in the wild; residing in one small pocket of Bolivia, the population has been in serious decline over the past 20 years and there is a very real danger that without significant intervention, the BTM will go extinct in this lifetime. Fortunately several incredible organizations are actively working to preserve the BTM for future generations with moderate success. BTMs can be VERY noisy and are incredibly mechanically minded; most will learn to let themselves out of their cages either by undoing conventional cage locks or even by unscrewing the nuts and bolts. They are prone to heavy metal poisoning because of their propensity for playing with cage parts, so if you can afford to house your BTM in stainless steel, this is the best option. They have an excellent sense of humour and love to be included in family activities, although they can be very strong willed they respond well to positive reinforcement training; for examples of this, check out Barbara Heidenreich's ambassador BTM, Blu Lu!