Blue and Gold Macaw
Ara ararauna

CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Psittaciformes
FAMILY: Psittacidae

SIZE:
Approx. 18 inches

RANGE:
Central & South America

HABITAT:
Forests and tall trees growing in swamps and along waterways

DIET:
Wild - Seeds, fruits, nuts & vegetable matter
Zoo - Parrot mix, biscuits, fruit

DESCRIPTION:
Large beaks, long tails, and bare facial areas are common features of macaws

Upperside of tail, wings, backside and neck are rich deep blue; underparts are bright golden yellow; tail is blue and yellow; crown is greenish tinged with blue; beak and feet are black; white flesh cheek patches.

FACTS:

  • Blue and gold macaws are more alert and intelligent than other species.
  • Very inquiring and mischievous
  • Good talkers but have ear-splitting voices
  • Will chew anything
  • Hardy and long-lived
  • Determining the sex of macaws is difficult and can be deceptive.
  • Associate in pairs
  • In the wild, they are generally seen flying above forest canopy and feding among branches of tall trees.