Entry on the Lear's Macaw in Foreign Birds for Cage and Aviary

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

LEAR'S MACAW (Anodorhynchus leari).

Cobalt-blue; back, scapulars, and wing-coverts with narrow paler edges; flights blackish-grey towards base of inner webs; head, neck, and under surface greenish-blue; the feathers of the abdomen with bluish-green edges; greater under wing-coverts and flights below blackish-grey; tail below black; naked orbital ring orange-yellow; a large patch behind lower mandible yellow; beak black; feet blackish; irides brown. The female probably differs in the usual way. Hab., South America. (exact locality unknown). The Rev. H. D. Astley has published an account of three examples of this bird which he possessed, illustrated by a coloured plate, in The Avicultural Magazine, Second series, Vol. V., pp. 111-113. He says it "is naturally a bird with a kindly disposition," and " the Lear's Macaws can make themselves, no doubt about that, but it is a voice of a much less strident ear-piercing tone than that of the vari-coloured large Macaws. It has more of the Carrion Crow 'timbre' in it." The first example received by the London Zoologica1 Society was purchased in 1860, and others have since been received, but it seems to be rarer than the preceding species.

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