Breeding the Spix's macaw Cyanopsitta spixii: at Loro Parque, Tenerife



The Spix's macaw Cyanopsitta spixii is a monotypic bird endemic to north-eastern Brazil. In the late 1980s only a single individual was known to survive in Brazil and the species was, for all practical purposes, extinct in the wild, although at that time there were at least 17 birds in captivity. In 1992 two chicks hatched at Loro Parque, Tenerife, and both were taken for hand-rearing. This paper gives details on growth and development of one chick until weaning.