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The habitat and status of Spix's Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 May 2010

A. T. Juniper
Affiliation:
International Council for Bird Preservation, 32 Cambridge Road, Girton, Cambridge CB3 oPJ, U.K.
C. Yamashita
Affiliation:
Rua Voluntdrios da Patria 4130/52A 02402 Sāo Paulo SP, Brazil.
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Spix's Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii has always been a very poorly known species from the arid interior of north-east Brazil. Previous views that its habitat is buriti palm swamp appear mistaken, as the most recent field observations and the testimony of local people suggest that Tabebuia caraiba gallery woodland along seasonal creeks is a critical habitat component. Owing to widespread destruction of such woodland, during a survey in June/July 1990 only three good patches were found, all failing to regenerate; one held a single bird, and another held birds up to last year.

A Ararinha-azul Cyanopsitta spixii sempre foi uma espécie pouco conhecida no interior árido do nordeste do Brasil. Opiniōes anteriores que o seu habitat é buritizais parecem erradas porque as observações de campo mais recentes e o testimônio dos habitantes locais sugestem que matas de Tabebuia caraiba ao longo de riachos estacionais são um crítico componente do habitat. Devido à destruição extensa deste tipo de mata, durante um levantamento em junho/julho 1990 somente tres áreas boas foram achadas, todas sem regeneração; uma abrigava um único pássaro, e uma outra abrigava pássaros até o ano passado.

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Research Article
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Copyright © Birdlife International 1991

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