Feather Lickin' Good

Terri~Lynn Bealle

Suwanee, United States

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Blue and Gold Macaw grooming his feathers…

These majestic birds are not only beautiful, but very intelligent! More details about thes large parrots below:

BEHAVIOR:

Blue and Gold Macaws are generally seen in pairs but may congregate with others to form flocks of up to 30 birds. Paired birds fly close together with their wings almost touching. They undertake conspicuous daily flights from their roosting sites to scattered feeding grounds, but return to the roosting trees just before sunset by flying high above the forest canopy. Blue and Gold Macaws are extremely wary; and, at the slightest sign of danger, will rise into the air screeching loudly.

Blue and Gold Macaws are extremely intelligent and adaptable and can be taught to do tricks as well as to mimic words. They are very expressive and will show their emotions or intentions by cocking their heads, vocalizing, flashing their eyes (voluntary constriction of the pupils), and blushing. They also use fluffing of the feathers, raising the wings, prancing, bowing, shaking their tail feathers, and head bobbing as forms of communication.

STATUS:

Blue and Gold Macaws are the most popular and readily available of the macaws. They are prized for their beauty and personality and make excellent pets for adults but require a tremendous amount of time.

Blue and Gold Macaws are listed on CITES Appendix 2 indicating they may become rare or endangered if trade is not regulated.

FOLKLORE AND MYTHS:

It is a common myth that macaws will live 75 to 100 years, however, macaws are not as long lived as cockatoos. Their lifespan is typically up to 50 years with breeding age being up to approximately 30-35 years. A 40-year-old macaw shows definite signs of aging, and a 50-year-old macaw is very old

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