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The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, also known as the Blue-and-Gold Macaw, is a member of the group of large Neotropical parrots known as macaws. It breeds in forest (especially varzea, but also in open sections of Terra Firme) and woodland of tropical South America from Trinidad and Venezuela south to Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. It extends slightly into Central America, where it is restricted to Panama. It is an endangered species in Trinidad, and is on the verge of being extirpated from Paraguay, but still remains widespread and fairly common in a large part of mainland South America. There is also a breeding population in Miami-Dade County, USA. It is therefore listed as Least Concern by BirdLife International.

These birds can reach 76–86 cm (29.9-33.9 inches) long and weigh 900 to 1300 g (2-3 lbs). They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, dark blue chin, golden under parts and a green forehead. Beaks are black, and very strong for crushing nuts. The naked face is white, turning pink in excited birds, and lined with small black feathers.

There is little variation in plumage across the range. Some birds have a more orangey or “butterscotch” underside color, particularly on the breast. This was often seen in Trinidad birds and others of the Caribbean area, and appears to be due to environmental factors.[citation needed] The Blue-and-yellow Macaw uses its powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and also for climbing up and hanging from trees.

The Blue-and-yellow Macaw generally mates for life. It nests in a tree hole and the female typically lays two or three eggs. The female incubates the eggs for about 28 days, and the chicks fledge from the nest about 90 days after hatching.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 2 years ago

    outstanding capture and bird.

  • Thanks so much Julie for the lovely comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaalmost 2 years ago

    Woderful capture.

  • Thanks so much Dominika for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 2 years ago

    There a beautiful parrot..nice shot Ralph.

  • Thanks very much, Warren for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 2 years ago

    Spectacular color, a really lovely bird!

  • Thanks so much, Celeste.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 2 years ago

    Super picture, Ralph!

  • Thanks very much. David.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Mike Shell
    Mike Shellalmost 2 years ago


  • Many thanks, Mike.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 2 years ago

    He’s very lovely Ralph, eating his piece of apple, great shot mate! :O)

  • Thank you Vanessa for the nice comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 2 years ago

    February 22, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thanks so much, Teressa for the feature and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Nature And Man ~ FEATURES ~ February 26th, 2013

  • Thanks very much for the feature and fave, Evita.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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