Amazonia, south of the Amazon in Brazil. I have also seen them when I was walking through the forests of Tambopata in Peru. This is a Cites 1 bird and is becoming increasingly endangered due to capture, deforestation, etc. Inhabits tropical rain forests as well as dryland forests. Usually forage in tall forest but also have been known to take cultivated crops as well as forage in fruit trees like mango etc.
|Weight||270-300 gms||Eggs laid||White 3-5|
|Reproductive maturity||From 4-7 years||Incubation||26 days|
Breeding in my Aviaries
I have been fortunate enough to have Queens that are calm and centered. They can be highly excitable and nervous. All my Queens are hand raised and I find them intelligent and beautiful. We give all our birds branches twice a week using pepper branches. They also get water in overhead sprinklers and what a joy to see them having a bird party. They eat everything and we like to give them a variety of different foods. I feel the problem of them feather plucking is partly due to boredom and is often learned as babies weaning. They play with each other’s feathers and soon pull one out, and then another until it becomes a habit. I also believe that certain gene pools are more susceptible to plucking, and haven’t been successful in stopping established pluckers from plucking. So for me, the answer starts as a baby. If they are being heavily preened by their siblings, I will separate them until it stops. All babies get branches twice a day to keep them occupied.
When mating they land on the ground and do an amazing dance which is quite a sight. They are good parents and raise their babies well. I normally pull the oldest if the clutch is large i.e. over 5 babies. We again supplement with a warm moist hand rearing mix to help them to feed. Babies have often been pulled at pinning with crops full of whole sunflower, which can take some hours to clear. All babies are hand-reared from pinning and socialized. This is an extremely intelligent bird. Some have said they should be of the Macaw family. All hand rearing mix is Macaw hand-rearing.