The Description of the Spix's Macaw or Arara hyacinthinus in Avium Brasiliensium Species Novae

by Johannes Baptist von SPIX published in Munich, 1824-5


Majusculus, coeruleo-glaucus, colorem corporis modo coeruleum, modo glaucum varians, rostro non robusto; barba maxillari cinerascente; alis intus caudaque subtus nigridis.

DESCRIPTIO. Corpus ps. Aodorhynchus duplo minus, coeruleo glaucoque relucens; caput, collum et corpus subtus dilute glauca; cera, genae, regio infra poneque oculos nudae, minus extensae, flavae; barba maculaque auricularis cinerascentes; alae hirundinaceae, saturate coeruleo-glaucae, subtus nigridae, ad marginem axillarem aeque glaucae; cauda supra coeruleo-glauca, subtus nigrida, retricibus mediis subelongatis; rostrum non robustum, dentatum, nigrum, supra medio apiceque albicans; pedes unguesque nigri; oculi albicantes. Mas. Longitudo corporis Iº 41/2´, caudae I0´, caud. Alis longioris 5´, tarsi 1/2´.

Habitat gregarius, rarissimus licet, prope Joazeiro in campis ripariis fluminis St. Francisci, voce tenui insignis, ab Azara pag. 53 „Guacamayo bleu" nominatus, et a Sonnini, nec non a Lathamio cum Anodorhyncho Maximiliani Augusti falso commutatus. Sp. 1.

(Note from website editor (1998): While in the Museum der Naturkunde in 1989 in what was then East Berlin I took a photograph of the specimen there alongside the illustration accompanying Spix's description. You can see it by clicking here.

Further note (2008): I have been sent photos of the specimen collected by Spix, which is in the natural history museum in Munich.



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