Blue and Gold Macaw

Our Blue and Gold Macaw, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Blue and Gold Macaw (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Blue and Gold Macaw Facts
Blue and Gold Macaw
Ara ararauna

Life Span
Wild: 30 years
Captivity: 50+ years
30-34 inches
Average Weight
95-140 oz
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Blue and Gold Macaw, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • 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.