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Blue And Gold Macaw - Large Macaws Ara Ararauna Bird
|Notable traits of the Blue And Gold Macaw Bird: Large Macaws (Ara Ararauna)
||Blue And Gold Macaw
||General plumage rich blue; forehead green; bare lores and cheek area whitish and traversed with several black feather-lines joining at black throat area; ear-coverts, sides of throat, upper breast, abdomen, under tail-coverts and under wing-coverts orange-yellow; tail upper side blue, underside olive-yellow; bill blackish; iris pale yellowish; feet dark grey. Immature with shorter tail and dark brown iris.
||Undeterminable by appearance
||The Blue Gold Macaw is a playful bird and is very trainable.
||86 cm (34 ins)
||1.9 to 3.3lbs
||Pellets, Fruits and Veggies
||5 x 5 x 8 feet
||Can be Loud at times must not be kept in Apartments.
||Blue and Golds are capable of speaking quite well though generally not as well as African Greys or Amazons parrots.
||Hand-fed baby Blue & Gold Macaws can make sensational pets. They are playful, mischievous, quite intelligent, and often very lovable and loving. However, like all macaws, the Blue & Gold is definitely not for everyone. People contemplating a macaw must think and long and hard about this important decision. Though not usually a "difficult" bird, the Blue & Gold requires a huge commitment of time and energy. In general this species is not suitable as a "first-time" bird.
The large macaws are, well, large and need an experienced and confident keeper for acceptable results. A certain amount of strength and stamina is required just to keep up with a raucous, rambunctious macaw, even the more sedate individuals. Many people are intimidated by macaws, as well they perhaps should be. Those powerful beaks are not to be trifled with, for even in play they can inflict some damage. Macaws and small children are generally not a terrific mix, though oftentimes it is the bird that may be more at risk in such pairings. With other pets, the tables may be turned and unless properly socialized a macaw could easily seriously injure a dog or cat. In most circumstances, smaller birds such as Budgies and Cockatiels should not be allowed near a macaw.
The Blue & Gold, however, has a well-deserved reputation as a pretty laid-back fellow, and if there is a parrot that might well get along famously with the family Golden Retriever, it might be this macaw. When properly socialized as a youngster, these birds will be playful and ever-entertaining members of the family. B & Gs can learn tricks and are capable of speaking quite well, though generally not as well as African Greys or Amazons parrots.
These macaws, like all large parrots, require lots of wood to chew on and will not distinguish between your house's trim and a piece of two by four, so make sure they have a ready supply of chewing toys. Macaws need more fat in their diet than most parrots, and mixed nuts in the shell are a favorite treat that helps supply this need. Most macaw owners also offer their Blue and Golds a variety of foods including pellets, a high-quality seed mix, various bean and pasta mixes and bird breads, fresh vegetables, fruit, and healthy human foods from the dinner table.
They should be housed in very large cages which will allow for play, wing-flapping and other activities to forestall boredom. A cage which does not allow a bird to fully outstretch its wings, with about a foot to spare on either side, is too small. Food, toys and a variety of fresh (untreated) branches will go a long way toward keeping your macaw happy when it is enclosed in its cage.
With care, these birds may live a human life span, so plan accordingly. A Blue and Gold can be a pet for life, but it will require a lot of its owner, who can expect a clever lifetime companion in return.
These birds have been vaccinated for the polyoma virus. It is crucial for young birds to be protected as they have little to no immune system for their first year of life. Just as people, cats, dogs are vaccinated, we use vaccines to substantially decrease the incidence of disease in birds. By doing this we have developed a positive reputation that separates us from the "birdie mills" that do not aspire to the same standards. We have a vet on the premises bi-weekly that administer this vaccine and monitors our babies and flock.
||Cinnamon and White
|Age of Maturity:
||24 x 24 x 36 inches
|Average Clutch Size:
||Tropical forests of South America
||Pellet • Treat • Toy|
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