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Ransacked for the pet trade, the wild population of this macaw, fewer than 250 mature birds, is barely genetically viable. But with live export now largely eradicated, numbers are beginning to stabilize. Like other macaws, the blue-throated macaw nests in holes in old trees, many of which have been cleared; but most landowners are now supportive of initiatives to install nest boxes and plant food trees.
The biggest flock today are found in the 42 square miles (108 sq. km) Barba Azul Nature Reserve, in Bolivia’s Beni region, home to more than 140 species. The fortune of its nest box program evoke that old proverb about leading a horse to water: of twenty-two boxes erected in the north of the reserve in 2014, seven were used by ducks, one by a barn owl...and none by macaws. But success with nest boxes elsewhere suggests that, with these slow-breeding birds, patience is a virtue that pays off. Texts from the eponymous book published by @