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.
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.