Ara ararauna


General description

It has white skin on its face with almost no feathers, however, next to it there are some black lines separated from each other forming a striped pattern around the eyes.

The irises are light yellow, its beak is completely black.

The Blue and Yellow Macaw uses its powerful beak to crack open walnut shells and to climb and hang from trees.

They can live 30 to 35 years in the wild and reach sexual maturity between the ages of 3 and 6 years.

The blue and yellow macaw is usually paired for life.

They nest almost exclusively on dead palms.

The female usually lays two or three eggs and incubates them for about 28 days.

One chick is dominant and gets most of the food; the
others perish in the nest.

Exclusive to South America, from the south of Panama to the north of
Paraguay, inhabits jungles and tropical forests near riverbeds.

Its diet consists predominantly of seeds, although it also consumes fruits, nectar, insects or flowers, the leaves and the stem of certain floors.

  • FAMILY: Psittacidae
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ara ararauna
  • STATE OF CONSERVATION: Least concern
  • IT’S FOUND: Panamá, Venezuela, Perú, Brasil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.
  • LENGTH: 76 to 86cm
  • WEIGHT: 900g to 1,500g

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