Animal Facts

Blue and Gold Macaw

Introduction

The blue and gold macaw is also known as the blue and yellow macaw. It is a South American parrot that has blue feathers on top and yellow feathers underneath. This macaw lives in forest areas and the woodlands of tropical South America. They are popular to watch because of the striking color of these majestic birds.

Lifespan and Family

These beautiful parrots can live from 30 to 35 years, reaching parenthood age when they are between 3 to 6 years old.

Their young do not stay around the parents once they grow up and leave the nest, but once they mate, they stay with their chosen partner for the rest of their life.

The blue and gold macaws nest almost all of the time in dead palms. The female usually lays two or three eggs when she is starting a family. The eggs hatch in just under a month, usually 28 days. Normally one chick becomes dominant and gets most of the food, giving this baby the highest chance of survival. The babies will leave the nest at just over 2 months of age and go on to live its life away from the parents.

The time for having a family is signified by the colors of the male bird – the colors become very bright and bold signaling to the female partner that it is time to start a family.

Living in South America

These birds live in areas from Venezuela to Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. There are some in Central America as well, but mostly in Panama. You will find some in Puerto Rico and in Miami- Dade County Florida because humans have introduced them to these areas since the 1980s.

Conservation and Threats

The blue and gold macaw is at risk of extermination in Paraguay at this time, but there are significant populations throughout the mainland of South America. Presently, it is not at risk of extinction and we will continue to enjoy these beautiful birds in the wild for years to come!

Suitability as Pets

The blue and gold macaws can be as long as 30 – 34 inches from the top of their head to the tip of their tail, and weigh 2-3 pounds. So, although they are one of the largest birds, they don’t really weigh very much at all!

They can also be taught to talk, mimicking human speech and patterns easily. They also bond to their human family readily. This makes them popular as pets for many people. They are wonderful pets.

Keep in mind, due to their size, they need plenty’ of space where they may spread their wings, enjoying freedom. Even if they are not allowed to fly outside because they are a pet, they do need to be able to open their wings to full span inside their habitat.

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