The huge, stunningly-colored Blue and Gold (or Blue and Yellow) Macaw, Ara ararauna, is one of the most recognizable of all birds…size, color, intelligence (and voice!) make it impossible to ignore. While it has long been bred in captivity, the natural history of this spectacular parrot is less-well known. Please read on to learn about its life in the wild and the threats to its continued existence.
The Blue and Gold has the largest natural range of any macaw. It is found from Eastern Panama east across most of Northern South America and south through Bolivia to Paraguay and Eastern Brazil. Despite this, it is declining or extinct in some areas…Trinidad’s macaws disappeared in the 1960’s, but a new population has been re-introduced. Read More »