Pictured: A young Lear’s macaw, courtesy of the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation.
Lear’s macaws (Anodorhynchus leari) are named after English illustrator and poet Edward Lear. The Lear’s macaw is found only in the state of Bahia in northeastern Brazil. In 2009, it was listed from “critically endangered” to “endangered” by the IUCN. Many parrot groups are working to help save the Lear’s macaws, from saving the macaw’s primary nesting and roosting cliffs; purchasing and protecting nearly 4,000 acres of habitat to help assure the species’ survival; and running programs like paying farmers to grow corn for Lear’s macaws. The current population estimates of Lear’s macaw is roughly 960 individuals.