called the Blue & Yellow Macaw, Ara ararauna is a native resident
of a vast region in South America, almost the entire northern half of
the continent. The generally are forest and rainforest birds in their
natural setting, often grouping in large numbers (called flocks), and
usually they are paired up with a mate or another Blue and Gold friend.
The species is still plentiful and commonly seen through much of its home
range, although deforestation is wreaking havoc on the overall numbers
of these stunning birds. It has completely disappeared from some parts
of its original range. Fortunately, the Blue & Gold Macaw has been
bred domestically in the United States and other countries for well over
The Blue & Gold is a large bird, but not quite as large as Scarlet,
Greenwing or Hyacinth Macaws. Its size and magnificent plummage is eye-catching
indeed. An emerald crown gives way to a vibrant azure blue on the top
of the head and across the back and wings. The primary wing feathers blend
to a deep cobalt. The characteristic macaw facial skin patch is etched
by approximately three thin lines of black feathers running just around
the eyes, which turn to an expressive light green or grey at approximately
6 months of age, from their original "baby" color of a deep
brown. Below the beak is a "beard" of black feathering, while
the rest of the chest and underside are vibrant solid gold.
Hand-fed baby Blue & Gold Macaws make phenomenal pets! They are playful,
comical, mischievous, extrememly intelligent, and often very warm and
loving. Our Blue and Golds enjoy lying in our arms, on their backs, simply
to be near to us.
Blue & Gold Macaw has a well-deserved reputation as a relatively calm
bird, which has been equated to the Golden Retriever of the parrot family.
Being socialize properly here at All Macaws as a baby, our birds will
be playful and ever-entertaining members of the family. B & Gs can
learn tricks and are capable of speaking quite well with frequent voice
interaction. However they do not mimic human voices the way African Greys
and Amazons do in tone and inflection. They have their own voices, and
aren't afraid to use them.
Macaws, and all parrots for that matter, require a great deal of attention
and interaction. These are not pets to purchase, only to later take for
granted. Smart and sensitive, the Blue & Gold Macaw will not be happy
unless accepted as a full-fledged member of the household. The purchase
of a Macaw is a long term investment, both physically and financially.
Your bird may well outlive you, with a life expectancy of 60-80 years
in a perpetual state of active toddlerhood. It is not uncommon to hear
of people writing their birds into their wills, which is a very responsible
thing to do.
They should be housed in very large cages, and we highly recommend the
Kings cage, minimum size being the model 406, which will allow for play,
wing-flapping and other bird fun to eliminate boredom while caged. A cage
which does not allow a bird to fully outstretch its wings, with about
a foot to spare on either side and provide plenty of tail clearance from
the bottom, is too small. Food, toys and a variety of fresh, and importantly
UNTREATED branches will help keep your macaw happy and satiated while
in his/her cage. Be sure you do your research, or ask your veterinarian,
prior to giving your bird any fresh woods you are not certain are bird
safe. Yes, there are highly toxic woods out there that can seriously harm,
and even kill your bird.
Macaw should be given plently of time daily outside their cage. Many pet
Macaws are provided freedom to roam in certain rooms, others have designated
play areas that provide them a change of scenery from their cage. Our
playstands are perfect for this playtime outside of the cage. Any play
area must be baby proofed. Think on their level! They will go after your
power cords, they will chew your wooden furniture and anything that is
within their grasp. This isn't something they are doing out of spite,
they simply need you to provide them a safe place to play, and should
be constantly supervised when not caged. Outdoor play areas are a wonderful
treat for your Macaw. A regular dose of outdoor playtime, with exposure
to sun and fresh air, will help keep your Macaw healthy and happy. Ideally,
your Macaw will have a variety of household areas where it can be with
its flock (yes, that would be you!). The Blue & Gold Macaw loves nothing
more than being included in the daily family activities. Try sock sorting
with your Macaw, they're quite adept at it!
Your Blue and Gold Macaw needs a balanced diet consisting of a wide variety
of "people food" -- veggies, fruits, beans and grains. Commercial
pelleted diets can provide a supplement, but should not be used exclusively
or as the main part of your birds diet. Seed and nut mixes formulated
for the large birds, such as our All Macaws Signature Line Deluxe Seed
and Nut Macaw Diet, should be used as the main part of your babies diet,
but should never constitute your Macaw's entire diet.