"SLEEPING BEAUTY" by KAREN WILES
Sometimes called the Blue & Yellow Macaw, Ara ararauna is a native resident of a vast region in South America, almost the entire northern half of the continent. The generally are forest and rainforest birds in their natural setting, often grouping in large numbers (called flocks), and usually they are paired up with a mate or another Blue and Gold friend. The species is still plentiful and commonly seen through much of its home range, although deforestation is wreaking havoc on the overall numbers of these stunning birds. It has completely disappeared from some parts of its original range. Fortunately, the Blue & Gold Macaw has been bred domestically in the United States and other countries for well over thirty years.
The Blue & Gold is a large bird, but not quite as large as Scarlet, Greenwing or Hyacinth Macaws. Its size and magnificent plummage is eye-catching indeed. An emerald crown gives way to a vibrant azure blue on the top of the head and across the back and wings. The primary wing feathers blend to a deep cobalt. The characteristic macaw facial skin patch is etched by approximately three thin lines of black feathers running just around the eyes, which turn to an expressive light green or grey at approximately 6 months of age, from their original "baby" color of a deep brown. Below the beak is a "beard" of black feathering, while the rest of the chest and underside are vibrant solid gold.
Hand-fed baby Blue & Gold Macaws make phenomenal pets! They are playful, comical, mischievous, extrememly intelligent, and often very warm and loving.
The Blue & Gold Macaw has a well-deserved reputation as a relatively calm bird, which has been equated to the Golden Retriever of the parrot family. Being socialized properly as a baby, the birds will be playful and ever-entertaining members of the family. B & Gs can learn tricks and are capable of speaking quite well with frequent voice interaction. However they do not mimic human voices the way African Greys and Amazons do in tone and inflection. They have their own voices, and aren't afraid to use them.
September 25th, 2013
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