Blue-and-yellow Macaw - Ara ararauna

Presentation

Blue-and-yellow Macaws are very expressive birds and quite easy to spot. They are highly gregarious creatures. These large parrots are mongamous, but live in groups of twenty or so pairs at the top of the tall trees in the South American tropical forests. From dawn until late in the evening, the Blue-and-yellow Macaws perform spectacular flights as they come and go between their roosting sites and the feeding grounds. They live in predominantly humid areas at altitudes of less than 500m.

Characteristics

CLASS : Aves
ORDER : Psittaciformes
FAMILY : Psittacidae
WINGSPAN : 1.1m
WEIGHT : 995-1380g
CLUTCH SIZE : 1-3 eggs
INCUBATION : 24-26 days
LIFE EXPECTANCY : 60 years
DIET : fruit, berries, seeds and nuts
NATURAL HABITAT : it lives in varzeas (seasonally flooded forests). It is mainly found in forest margins as well as in gallery forests alongside rivers and streams. It is also present in lightly wooded savannahs and swamps filled with palm trees.
RANGE : South America

Conservation status

Conservation status info

 
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LC : Least Concern
The population is in decline particularly because of deforestation and the collection of the birds for trade.