Blue and Gold Macaw
Scientific Name: The Blue and Gold Macaw is scientifically known as Ara ararauna.
Physical Characteristics: Blue and Gold Macaws are large parrots, measuring around 33 inches in length with a wingspan of up to 40 inches or more. They typically weigh over 2 pounds. Their upper body is adorned with bright blue feathers, while the lower part showcases light yellow/orange feathers. They have a green forehead, a black beak, black feathers under the chin, and pinkish-white skin on the cheeks with small black dots.
Habitat: Blue and gold macaws are native to Central and South America, ranging from Panama to various countries in northern South America. They primarily inhabit forests near rivers and swamps, although they can also be found in grassy savannahs as long as there are tall trees present.
Behavior: Blue and gold macaws are known for their gregarious and social nature. They are curious by nature and enjoy exploring their surroundings. Playfulness is another prominent trait of these birds, as they engage in various activities to keep themselves entertained. In the wild, they typically live in smaller family groups, but they gather in large flocks at clay licks, where they can number up to 100 birds. Blue and gold macaws are notorious for their loud and boisterous calls, but they can also be affectionate and loving towards their human companions. These macaws communicate using postures to convey their emotions, and during the breeding season, they form pairs to raise their offspring.
Lifespan: Blue and gold macaws have a long lifespan, with some individuals living up to 60 years or more. However, there have been instances of blue and gold macaws living up to 100 years or even longer.