Entry on the Spix's Macaw in Parrots, Cockatoos and Macaws

(Page 157) by Edward. J.BOOSEY published in 1956.

(Website biographical information: Edward. J.Boosey founded the Keston Foreign Bird Farm in Kent, England with Alec Brooksbank in 1927, which became famous for its extensive breeding stock of parrots and parakeets, especially cockatoos and macaws and he was regarded as the leading authority in the breeding of the latter. At the time the above book was published he was Vice-President of the Avicultural Society and a regular contributor to the Society's magazine as well as other avicultural publications. He worked closely with Hastings Russell, the then Marquess of Tavistock and later 12th Duke of Bedford, and produced the eight plates published in Tavistock's Parrots and Parrot-like Birds in Aviculture in the 1920s.

SPIX MACAW

(Cyanopsittacus spixi (sic)

One of the smaller Blue Macaws, this bird is dark blue washed with greyish on the head and neck, the latter colour also extending in some degree to the breast. The bill is black.

Length: 22 inches; the female is said to be slightly smaller.
Habitat: eastern Brazil.

Spix's Macaw has occasionally been imported into Great Britain and can be easily tamed. It can be taught to talk and is said to have the additional advantage of not being noisy.

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