Lear's Macaw, Indigo Macaw

Lear's Macaw, Indigo Macaw by AFC

Anodorhynchus leari by Becci Crowe
(8 in. x 8 in. | Watercolor | ID#3642)

Family: PSITTACIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: unknown

Artist Statement

The Lear's Macaw, also known as the Indigo Macaw, strikes a brilliant blue against the sandstone canyons in Brazil where they roost and nest. This large all-blue Brazilian parrot is endangered with a highly restricted range. Habitat loss, hunting, and trapping for the pet trade reduced their numbers, and by the late 1980s there were only 70 known birds left in the wild. Multiple conservation organizations along with local ranchers are working to help conserve the species and their numbers have increased to about 1,200 today. As an Artist active in conservation, it's as important for Becci Crowe to be in the field as it is in her studio and her worldwide explorations provide inspiration for her work.

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