Blue & Gold Macaw

Blue & Gold Macaw

Blue & Gold Macaw
Ara ararauna


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Psittaciformes
FAMILY
Psittacidae

Range

Eastern Panama in Central America through South America


Habitat

Forests and tall trees growing in swamps and along waterways


Diet

Seeds, fruits, nuts and vegetable matter

Weight

2 - 4 lbs

Height

30 - 37 in.

Wingspan

41 - 45 in.

Incubation

24 – 26 days

Clutch

1 – 2 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • More alert and intelligent than other species of macaws. Very inquiring and mischievous.
  • Their beak can bite down with 300 pounds of pressure. They are one of only three rainforest animals that can crack open Brazil nuts.
  • Good talkers but have ear splitting voices. Macaws are able to mimic human voices.
  • The bare face is white, turning pink in excited birds and wrinkled as they age.
  • When disturbed, these bright birds screech loudly and circle overhead with their long tails streaming.

 

Conservation

Due to their popularity in the pet trade, they have become extinct in several areas from nestlings being removed from their natural habitats. Parent birds often die as they try to protect their young. They also face threats from loss of habitat.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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