Blue and Gold Macaw
Wild: 30 years
Captivity: 50+ years
Name of Young
- Blue and gold macaws get their name from their vibrant coloration. They are from northern South America and Panama.
- Their beaks can almost be thought of as a “third foot”. Macaws can use their beaks to help climb, and they are also necessary to crush the hard shells of the nuts they eat such as brazil nuts.
- Blue and gold macaws are still present in some of their original range and many are kept as pets, however they are now endangered in Trinidad and nearly extinct in Paraguay.
- Blue and gold macaws are very intelligent and curious. They are also good problem solvers and can sometimes figure out how to open latches.
- Their mating season is in the spring. During this span of 6-8 weeks they can become very aggressive.
Did You Know?
Their bright colors and ability to “talk” make them popular as pets. However, they are rather difficult to care for. Macaws require much attention and they can be noisy, messy, and destructive. They also need a substantial amount of space.