The ARARA AZUL Project is a project that studies the biology and ecological relationships of the Hyacinth Macaw, manages and promotes the conservation of the blue macaw in its natural environment. The Project studies the reproductive biology of red macaws, toucans, hawks, owls, guinea fowl and other species that cohabit with the blue macaw in the Pantanal.
The main objectives of the ARARA AZUL Project are to maintain viable medium-long-term populations of Hyacinth macaws (anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) in the wild in their natural environment and promote the conservation of biodiversity and the Pantanal as a whole. Specific objectives may vary from year to year, but include studies of basic biology, reproduction, behavior, habitat requirements, management and environmental education for the conservation of the species in the wild, among others.
Started in 1990 by biologist Neiva Guedes, the project monitors about 3,000 individual Blue Macaws in the Pantanal region, where there are 346 natural nests and 198 artificial nests. The project has more than tripled the number of Hyacinth macaws monitored in the area!
Mark Hagen visited ARARA AZUL Project in Brazil in November 2019 to see some of these nest boxes and the Hyacinths they support.