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Blue and Gold Macaw

Blue and Gold Macaw

Animal's Behavior

Intelligent and social, these large birds are known for their loud vocalizations and ability to bond with people. They require lots of attention and space from the average pet-owner.

Eating Habits

Macaws need a varied diet of seeds, nuts and fruit.


Tropical South America. There is also a breeding colony near Miami, Florida.

Conservation Efforts

Many species of macaw are extinct or endangered in the wild. International trade of all macaw species is regulated.

Animal Facts

  • This macaw generally mates for life. It is popular in the pet trade because of its ability to talk. Its beak is extremely strong and is used for cracking nuts and hanging from trees.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Ara ararauna


Animalia, Chordata, Aves, Psittaciformes, Psittacidae, Psittacinae, Arini

Place of Birth

Forests and woodlands of South America


30 – 34 inches long, 2-3 lbs.


Blue wings and tail with yellow bellies and green forehead


50 years

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Zoo

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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