Blue and Gold Macaw

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Scientific Name
Ara ararauna


Wild: 30 years
Captivity: 50+ years

30-34 in

Average Weight
6-8.75 lbs

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These macaws are considered least concern, however they are threatened by the illegal pet trade and habitat loss.

Did you know?

  • Blue and gold macaws get their name from their vibrant coloration. They are from northern South America and Panama.
  • Their beaks can be thought of as a “third foot”. Macaws can use their beaks to help climb and to crush the hard shells of the nuts 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.
  • 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.

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