Entry on the Glaucous Macaw in Foreign Birds for Cage and Aviary

(Part II) by Arthur G. BUTLER published in London in 1909.

GLAUCOUS MACAW (Anodorhynchus glaucus).

Greenish-blue; flights blackish towards base of inner web; head and neck somewhat greyish; cheeks, throat and front of breast somewhat brownish; under-surface greener; the greater under wing-coverts and under surface of flights and. tail-feathers blackish; naked orbital skin and patch behind lower mandible yellow; beak black; feet blackish; irides probably brown. Females slightly smaller with shorter beak and shorter terminal hook. Hab., Paraguay, Uruguay and Southern Brazil. I have been unable to find any notes on the wild life of this bird in any book in my library. Burmeister tells us nothing about it. This rare Macaw did not reach the London Zoological Gardens until 1886. Oddly enough, Russ only speaks of it as being as rare in the trade as A. hyacinthinus, price equally high, only in the case of freshly imported specimens at 350 marks (he gives 600 to 750 marks as the price of A.hyacinthinus) I wonder if any German aviculturist ever gave as much as £37 10s for a Hyacinthine Macaw.

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