Scientific Name: ara arararuna
Habitat: rainforest waterways, seasonally flooded forests
Diet: nuts, seeds, fruits, flowers, leaves, insects, snails
Life Span: 40 -50 years (70 – 100 years in captivity)
Young: 2 young
Size: 85 – 90 cm from head to tail

The Blue and Gold Macaw inhabits forests and woodlands of tropical South America.

Blue and Gold Macaws can reach 76 – 86 cm in length and weigh 0.9 –1.5 kg, which makes them one of the larger members of the macaw family. They have vivid colouration with blue wings and tail, dark blue chin, golden under parts, and a green forehead. They use their powerful black beaks for breaking nutshells, and to climb and hang from trees.

At night, Blue and Gold Macaws roost in large groups. They fly in pairs or large flocks, and will travel up to 24 km to find food.

Blue and Gold Macaw pairs mate for life. They nest almost exclusively in dead palm trees. The female incubates the eggs while the male stands guard.

Blue and Gold macaws are threatened due to habitat loss, and the illegal pet trade.

To learn more about these beautiful birds, visit Beauty of Birds, or the Edmonton Valley Zoo.