Blue and Gold Macaw
Species Survival Plan
Forests and swamps
Adults are preyed upon by large South American birds of prey such as the harpy eagle / Eggs and chicks are threatened by lizards, snakes, monkeys and toucans
Seeds, fruits, nuts and berries
Originally Native To
Rainforests in South America from Panama south to Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay
32.5 - 37.5 inches
32 - 42 ounces
Bright-blue wings and gold chest
Wild 40 - 50 years / Captivity 70+ years
Very social, forage in large flocks and mate for life
2 - 4 eggs
ABOUT BLUE AND GOLD MACAW
They will climb more often than not, only flying to cover long distances. When in flight, these birds can reach a speed of 35 miles per hour.
Macaws are monogamous and remain a bonded pair for life. These bonded pairs fly close together with their wings almost touching.
In the wild, macaws play an essential part of maintaining growth in the rainforest. The macaws eat many fruits and seeds that they later defecate to the forest floor, allowing seed dispersal that leads to new growth.
Macaw populations are being threatened due to habitat destruction and large scale trapping for the pet industry. Still not truly domesticated, macaws are popular as pets due to their appearance and ability to mimic. These birds are extremely strong and destructive, need a very large living space, and are exceedingly loud, making them poor pet choices for some.
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