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Blue and Gold Macaw


Mexico, Central and northern parts of South America


Rain forest, high in trees


Back, upper and under tail feathers blue. Chest feathers yellow. Wing feathers blue with green tips. Bare facial area creamy-white. Upper mandible black with lower mandible grey-black. Iris yellow; legs grey.

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They are very generally seen in pairs, or small flocks of up to about 30. Paired birds fly close together, their wings almost touching. They undertake conspicuous daily flights from their roosting sites to scattered feeding grounds. They are extremely wary and at the slightest sign of danger will rise into the air screeching loudly.


Monogamous. They nest inside hollow trees. Nesting material is rarely used. Incubation is 28 - 35 days on 2 - 3 white eggs. Young are blind, naked and require nest care for 2 - 3 months. Sexual maturity is reached at about 3 years.

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Blue and Gold Macaw
Class: aves
Genus: Ara
Species: ararauna
Height: Up to 3 feet
Average Lifespan: 80 years
Wild Diet: Seeds, fruit, nuts, berries
Predators: Birds of prey and man (for their feathers and for the pet trade)
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? South Gate Pathway

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