Spix's Macaw, Little Blue Macaw

Spix's Macaw, Little Blue Macaw by AFC

Cyanopsitta spixii by Megan Kissinger
(8 in. x 8 in. | Acrylic | ID#3764)

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

Artist Statement

This medium-sized bright blue parrot has received a lot of attention lately due to the Disney movie "Rio," that featured the Spix Macaw as its main character. Another reason it has been in the news recently is that an unknown population of them have been discovered in the Northwestern areas of Brazil giving new hope for this species that was very recently thought to be extinct in the wild. While researching for my painting, I read they "live in the hottest and driest part of the "Caatinga" within Caraiba, or Caribbean trumpet tree (Tabebuia caraiba) woodland galleries." The destruction of this tree in the Caatinga is one of the leading causes of the demise of this bird. As I sat at my computer doing research to paint this bird, I realized the tree blooming right outside my window here in Southwest Florida is a Caraiba tree. With abundant, dazzling flowers of brightest yellow and rough, corky silver bark, I can only imagine how striking it must be to see the bright blue feathered Spix Macaws darting about the branches. I hope someday this will become again, a common sight in the Caatinga and that the Spix Macaw will live on.
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