Blue & Gold Macaw

Category: Birds

The Blue and Gold Macaw, or Blue and Yellow Macaw, is a very large type of parrot that hails from South America. This bird has blue upper feathers and yellow or gold under feathers. This bird has a rare ability to talk, and is very popular as a household pet.

Blue & Gold Macaw

Blue & Gold Macaw

Scientific & Common Names

Kingdom - Animalia

Phylum - Chordata

Class - Aves

Order - Psittaciformes

Family - Psittacidae

Genus - Ara

Species - A. ararauna

Common Names - Blue & Gold Macaw, Blue & Yellow Macaw

Characteristics

The Blue and Gold Macaw is a stunning bird, both in looks and personality. This bird is approximately 30 to 34 inches long, and can weigh up to three pounds. It has a vivid blue and yellow pattern; the blue feathers are on the back and top of the wings, while the yellow or gold feathers cover the underside. Breeding

The Blue and Gold Macaw typically mates for life, and both partners raise offspring together. The Blue and Gold Macaw lays two to three eggs at a time, and the incubation period for these eggs is approximately a month. After hatching, one baby chick takes all nourishment and the others perish for lack of nutrition. New Blue and Gold Macaws typically leave the nest at around 97 days of age.

Behavior

The Blue and Gold Macaw is very loving and playful when in captivity, and loves to spend time with humans. This bird has the ability to speak and repeat human words. This is a very loud bird, and definitely makes its presence known with its voice. When in the wild, these birds can be very aggressive as adults, but babies of the species are very loving and playful.

History

The Blue and Gold Macaw hails from South America and has a very long life span. Typically, this bird can live more than 60 years when in the wild.

Present Status

Due to trapping and trade issues, the Blue and Gold Macaw is a protected species. This bird is becoming increasingly popular as a household pet.