16. 7 Spix Press 2006

More Breeding Success with the Spix’s Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii

The picture shows the first 7 Spix’s macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii) chicks of the 2006 breeding season at Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP).

These seven birds represent almost 10% of the entire known world population of this species. Together with the off-spring reared in 2004 and 2005, the AWWP has now successfully bred 12 Spix’s macaws.

All chicks have been hand-reared by specialist staff at AWWP, but it is hoped that more clutches will soon follow from the respective pairs, allowing them to parent-rear some of their young. We also hope that other pairs will start reproducing and bring AWWP one step closer to re-establishing this species back to the nature in Brazil as part of the international recovery effort.


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