Also known as the Blue-throated Macaw or Wagler’s Macaw, the Caninde Macaw is endemic to a small area of north-central Boliva known as Los Llanos de Moxos. They live in the Gran Chaco of the Beni Department of Bolivia, nesting in ‘Islas’ which means islands of palm trees dotted across the level plains. Nestlings fledge at 13 to 14 weeks but are still fully dependent upon their parents until they are capable of foraging by themselves. Even after this occurs it has been observed that young Blue-throated Macaws will stay with their parents for up to a year, during this time the parents will skip and entire breeding season.
This species is one of the rarest in the world and was designated by law as a natural patrimony of Bolivia in 2014. It is estimated that approximately 350-400 individuals remain in the wild and so it is listed on the IUCN Red List as critically endangered and is protected by trading prohibitions.