Blue and Gold Macaw

Habitat: Blue and Gold Macaws (Ara ararauna) are found in northern South America, where they inhabit forests, marshlands and savannahs.

Lifespan: The average lifespan in the wild is around 30 years, and 50 in captivity.

Diet: They eat large seeds, nuts, blossoms, buds, leaves and berries. Their beak is very powerful, as it has adapted to help them to manipulate nuts and other food items.

Behaviour: Blue and Gold Macaws usually pair for life; however, if they lose their mate they sometimes replace them. The breeding season is from January to July, when the female will lay 2 – 3 eggs which are incubated for around 26 days. They nest in tree hollows, quite high up to avoid predation. Chicks stay with their parents for 3 months.

Blue and Gold Macaws are very expressive, using vocals and their bodies: fluffing, bowing, head bobbing and blushing to communicate.