The Blue and Gold Macaw is known as blue and yellow macaw. These are one of the most popular macaws in other species. Their size and their plumage have always fascinated human attention. The attractive blend of gold, green and blue is an amazing gift of nature to them. These parrots are extremely social, intelligent and friendly birds.
They need more attention and care as compared to other breeds of parrots. These are loving and good companion parrots. These parrots are good pets but they need much more knowledge and effort from owners than other traditional pets like cats or dogs. They are popular for making a closed and strong bond to their owners. They have very powerful beak. They use it for hanging from trees, climbing up on the trees and breaking shells.
Characteristics of Blue and Gold Macaw Parrots
Size: 9 to 39.5 inches or 86 cm
Weight: 5 oz to 3.75 lb
Wing Span: 4ft
Lifespan: 80 years
Physique: Strong and Stout
Best suited for: Not suitable for apartments, suitable for families, can be kept with children and other birds
Temperament: Playful, affectionate, loud, noisy, intelligent, active easy to train
Comparable Breeds: Large size Parakeet, Blue Throated Macaws
History of Blue and Gold MacawParrots:
The blue and gold macaws are native to Amazon Basin, western Ecuador, western Colombia, eastern Panama and South America. Naturally, they live in the rain forest and forests in large groups and flocks. They are found in Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, south to Peru and Venezuela. They dwell in Central America.
Their natural habitat is woodland and forests. These birds live in the height of trees by making their nests there. These birds are social and always prefer to live in the flock and groups in the wild. In captivity, they need other companions to live.
Appearance of Blue and Gold MacawParrots:
These are called large parrots that have length of 33 inches approximately from head to tail. They are recognized with wings, back, and head in blue green color and rest of the body plumage in yellow. They have whitish skin mask.
These are the biggest parrots. In the wild, these are found with attractive appearance in green forehead, golden underparts, chin is dark blue, tail and wings are blue. They have strong and black beak that is perfect for breaking nuts. Their white naked face turns pink in excitement. They contain black small feathers in the form of line on the face.
Baby Blue and Gold Macaw Parrots:
When these birds are three to four years old, they start breeding. They make pair for life and live in a small family group. They make their nests above the grounds. In the captivities of the dead trees they like to make nests.
In the nest, they lay 2 to 3 eggs. Male and female defends the eggs aggressively. The young parrots are featherless and blind. They do not build their complete plumage till ten weeks. After the growth of their feathers they become independent and leave their parents.
About Blue and Gold Macaw Parrots Health:
These parrots are very strong and healthy. They may suffer some health issues due to weak immunity and other reasons in the wild. In captivity they should be provided good diet and care. It can protect them from many health problems by improving their immune power. It can be treated with healthy diet as well. Regular checkups are essential for their healthy life. Some of their most common diseases are given below.
These are called monogamous parrots. It makes them mates for life. An adult blue and yellow macaw normally survives between thirty to thirty-five years living in wildlife. If they are kept as the pet or found in the zoo they can live more than 40 to 80 years. Their lifespan is 80 years. If they live in the wildlife then they can be the victim of wild animals. In the captivity, they survive more and for the long time.