Entry on the Lear's Macaw from Die sprechenden Papageien

by Dr. Karl RUSS. Published in Magdeburg in 1898.

The German original text is followed by the English website translation.

Lear's blauer Arara (Psittacus [Sittace] Leari, Bp) - kleiner Hyazintharara; Lear's Blue Macaw; Ara bleu de Lear; Lear's blauwe Ara - ist an Kopf, Nacken und unteren Theilen meerblau; ganze übrige Oberseite, nebst Flügeln und Schwanz dunkelblau; nackte Augenkreis und Rand am Unterschnabel gelb; Schnabel und Füße schwarz. In der Größe und allem übrigen dem vorigen gleich. Im J. 1880 gelangte er in einem Kopf in den zoologischen Garten von London, 1893 und in den folgenden Jahren in größerer Zahl auf den Vogelmarkt. H.Fockelmann = Hamburg hatte einen zahmen, mehrere Worte sehr klar und deutlich sprechenden Lears-Arara. Heimat: Südamerika (Verbreitung noch nicht festgestellt).

English translation

The Lear's Macaw is greenish-blue on the head, nape and lower parts; the upper parts as well as wings and tail dark blue; bare eye ring and edge to lower mandible yellow; bill and feet black. In size and all remaining characteristics as the foregoing (Ed: Glaucous Macaw). There was one in the London Zoo in 1880, a greater number appeared on the bird market in 1893 and the following years. Fockelmann in Hamburg had a tame Lear's Macaw, which could say several words very clearly and distinctly. Origin: South America (distribution area not yet discovered).

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