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Bolivian Scarlet Macaws
The Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as the Blue-and-gold Macaw, is a
member of the macaw group of parrots which breeds in the swampy forests of tropical South
America from Panama south to Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. It is probably now extinct on
They can reach 76-86 cm (29.9-33.9in)long and weigh 900 to 1300 g (2-3 lbs), making them one
of the biggest parrots in the world. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail,
black chin, golden (some might say, "butterscotch") underparts and a green cap on the head.
Their beaks are jet black and very strong for crushing nuts. The Blue and yellow Macaw can
live up to 60 years of age, and generally only ever form one couple for reproduction during
their life. They nest at the top of tree trunks and the female generally lays two eggs. The
blue-and-yellow Macaw uses its powerful beak not only for crushing the nuts it feeds on but
also for climbing up and hanging from trees.
Two Blue-and-yellow Macaw, in a bird park in Argentina near Puerto Iguazú.Although very
popular as pets because of their striking appearance and ability to talk, the price of a single
bird may be in excess of (USD) $1,000-$2,000 in North America, and their large size makes
They require much more effort and knowledge from owners than more traditional pets such as
dogs or cats. They are intelligent and loving, so for someone who can provide for their needs,
they make good companion animals. Blue and Yellows are know to their owners as more of a
"one person" bird, and bond very closely to their owners.
Even the most well cared for Blue-and-Gold Macaw will "scream" and make other loud noises,
nonetheless, it is possible to make them silent. Loud vocalizations, especially "flock calls",
and destructive chewing are natural parts of their behavior and should be expected in
captivity. To some extent you can redirect chewing to toys, but a macaw left alone, uncaged in
a room will likely redecorate. By providing a number of toys in cage, one can minimize the
destructive chewing as the bird will focus chewing on those appropriate objects.
They require a varied diet, a seed only diet will lead to health problems such as vitamin
deficiency. An example of a good diet would be a quality pelleted mix, in conjunction with a mix
featuring seed, nuts, and dried fruits, with fresh vegetables and fruits fed regularly;
furthermore, it is quite common (and appreciated by the parrot) to partake with their human
owners of safe foods like pasta, bread, etc. It is important to avoid foods with high fat content
(generally) while striving to provide a wide variety of foods.
There are some foods which are toxic to birds and parrots as a group. Cherry pits, avocados,
chocolate, and caffeine are some foods that should not be fed. Chocolate and caffeine are not
metabolized by birds the same way they are in humans.
|Baby Military, 1 week old.
The first baby of the season!
|This is Jax the Harlequin and Zoey, the
Blue and Gold. Zoey was one of our
babies which now has a new home in
|Baby Military, 2 1/2 weeks
old. He is really