Scientific Name: Ara Arauna
Psittaciformes (parrots)

Psittacidae (African and Neotropical parrots)

Habitat & Range
Blue and gold macaws can be found in Central and South America; from Panama, south to Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. They inhabit swampy forests, open marshlands, woodlands, and rainforests.

The colors of the macaw are striking. Golden yellow plumage covers the chest, legs and part of the face. Bright blue plumage begins at the back of the head, travels down the back and continues through to the tail. The throat is black, and the face is white with black lines running through it. The top of the head is an emerald green that fades into the blue on the neck. Blue and gold macaws average 34 inches in length.

Macaws require foods that provide high sources of energy when consumed, such as nuts, fruit, berries, and seeds.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Blue and gold macaws will breed between December and March depending on their location within their range. They nest almost exclusively in the cavities found in dead palm trees. The hen usually lays a small clutch of 1 to 3 eggs that hatch after over 25 days of incubation.

Blue and gold macaws have been known to live for up to 50 years.

Fantastic Fact
Popular Pets
The blue and gold macaw is a popular bird among pet owners for it’s ability to learn tricks and “talk,” or mimic the sound of speech.
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