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Blue and gold macaw


This is a very pretty bird. Even though it is a common bird it is very interesting!!:)

1 Species ID Suggestions

sarahaw1981 10 years ago
Blue and Yellow Macaw
Ara ararauna

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sarahaw1981 10 years ago

Distribution and Habitat:

Venezuela south to Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. It extends slightly into Central America, where it is restricted to Panama. The species range formerly included Trinidad, but it was extinct there by 1970 as a result of anthropomorphic activities. Between 1999 and 2003, wild caught Blue-and-Gold macaws were translocated from Guyana to Trinidad, in an attempt to reestablish it in a protected area around Nariva swamp.

Conservation status:

It is on the verge of being extirpated from Paraguay, but still remains widespread and fairly common in a large part of mainland South America. It is therefore listed as Least Concern by BirdLife International. It is listed on CITES Appendix II, trade restricted.

sarahaw1981 10 years ago


These birds can reach 76 to 86 cm (30 to 34 in) long and weigh 900 to 1500 grams (1.9 to 3.3 lbs), making it one of the larger members of its family. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, dark blue chin, golden under parts, and a green forehead. Beaks are black. The naked face is white, turning pink in excited birds, and lined with small black feathers.

There is little variation in plumage across the range. Some birds have a more orangey or "butterscotch" underside colour, particularly on the breast. This was often seen in Trinidad birds and others of the Caribbean area. The Blue-and-yellow Macaw uses its powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and also for climbing up and hanging from trees.

sarahaw1981 10 years ago

I made an ID because the scientific name was not showing.

starrance 10 years ago

Cool pic kailey

Amy30 10 years ago

Thanks so much

KatieRosen 10 years ago

Blue and Gold Macaw

Amy30 10 years ago

I totally forgot what this is called

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San Antonio, Texas, USA

Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Dec 31, 2012

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