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Blue and Gold Macaw

Blue and Gold Macaw

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Scientific Name:

Ara ararauna


Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Surinam, Paraguay, French Guiana, Guyana.


Seeds, palm nuts, flowers and fruits


Habitat: subtropical and tropical forests at altitudes of 500m to 1,500m

Incubation: 24-28 days / 1-3 eggs

Social structure: Pairs or flocks of up to 25 birds

Weight: 995–1380gr

Dimensions: height 86cm, wing span 1.10m

Lifespan: 43

Estimated population in the wild: Fairly common

Threats: Extensive trapping for the international pet trade.

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. Pairs mate for life. The pair flies close together with their wings almost touching.
  2. In the wild, when food is scarce, they may eat fruit that is not ripe, or toxic plants, that may upset their stomachs. To neutralize the toxins, they consume clay by river beds.

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