Entry on the Spix's Macaw from Die sprechenden Papageien

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

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

Spix' blauer Arara (Psittacus [Sittace] Spixi, Wgl.) - kleiner meerblauer Arara; Spix' blue Macaw; Ara bleu de Spix, Blauwe Ara - ist dunkelblau, Ohrgegend graulich; Flügel dunkelblau, unterseits schwarz; Schwanz gleichfalls blau, unterseits schwarz; Schnabel schwarz; Spitze und First des Oberschnabels weißlich; Auge weiß bis gelb; Zügel und Wangen nackt, bleigrau; Füße schwarz. Größe um die Hälfte geringer als die des dunkelblauen Arara. Heimat: nördliches und östliches Brasilien. Er gelangte 1878 in den zoologischen Garten von London, 1893 führte ihn August Fockelmann= Hamburg ein.

English translation

The Spix's Macaw is dark blue; the ear area greyish; wings dark blue, undersides black; tail blue as well, underside black; bill black; tip and ridge of upper mandible whitish; eye white to yellow; lores and cheeks bare and lead-grey; feet black. Size half that of the dark blue macaw. Origin: northern and eastern Brazil. It was to be found in the London Zoo in 1878, August Fockelmann imported one in 1893.

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