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Blue and Gold Macaw  (Ara ararauna)

Also Known As: Blue and Yellow Macaw, Yellow-breasted Macaw, Blue Macaw
 
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Blue and Gold Macaw profile

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Care in Captivity
Pet Suitability:
Affectionate, but for experienced bird people.

Captive Status:
Common in captivity.

Longevity:
60 yrs

Housing:
Should have access to a large enclosure (15 m (50 ft) long) in which to fly for part of the year.

Diet:
Soaked or sprouted sunflower seed; walnuts, peanuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, pine nuts; corn on the cob, banana, orange; slices of wholemeal bread, cubes of cheese. Complete kibble for Macaws.

Enrichment:
Large macaw toys, chewables (fir branches, pine cones, bird-safe wood), large perches, swings, ladders; regular bathing.

Nest Box Size:
Horizontal box, 16" x 16" x 48" (40.6cm x 40.6cm x 122cm) or 35 gallon (9.2 L) pickle barrel.

Clutch Size:
2 to 4

Incubation Time:
24-25 days

Fledging Age:
90-100 days

Hatch Weight:
14-20g (0.5-0.7 oz)

Peak Weight:
927-1064g (32.4-37.2 oz)

Weaning Weight:
1000g (35 oz)

Link to Specialist Club:
Macaw Society of America P.O. Box 90037 Burton, MI, 48509-0037

More Info Sites:
http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww45e.htm

http://www.avianweb.com/blueandgoldmacaw.html