Blue and Gold Macaw

Everything you should know….

Size:

Blue and Gold Macaws can become fairly large reaching lengths up to 33 inches long from beak to tail with a wingspan of 36 inches or more.

Average Lifespan:

+60 years

Temperament:

Blue and Gold Macaws are intelligent and sociable companion birds. They do well as pets when the owners are dedicated and responsible and provide daily socialization and stimulation. They can also get bored quite easily, so they should be provided with plenty of wooden chew toys to destroy. Handfed Blue and Gold Macaws can be very affectionate and love attention, head scratching and cuddling. Potential owners should keep in mind that they, like all Macaws, can be quite noisy at times and would not be the best choice for those who live in apartments or condominiums, or for those who have small children.

Colors:

Blue and Gold Macaws can be one of the most beautiful & colorful of all Macaw species. They typically have a green forehead that fades into a blue nape. The Back, tail and wings are blue. The Chest, belly and underside are a rich golden yellow. Blue and Gold Macaws have black beaks. Black feathered rings are inlayed in the white patch of skin around their eyes and face these large parrots are a beautiful sight to behold.

Feeding:

Blue and Gold Macaws like all parrots, should be offered a high quality commercial seed/pellet mix in addition to daily servings of a variety of bird-safe fruits and vegetables. A fresh and varied diet will make sure that your Blue and Gold Macaw receives adequate nutrition. Avoid high fat treats.

Exercise:

Blue and Gold Macaws are large birds, and should be provided with ample space and time to play and stretch their muscles. They should be allowed outside of their cages for a minimum of 2 – 3 hours a day, and should also be given plenty of chew toys to help them exercise their powerful beaks and jaws.

Cage Requirements:

Minimum size cage is 48” x 36” x 66+” Dome top cages with lots of stimulating chew toys are required. Macaws NEED the largest and strongest cage possible. Play tops are not recommended because they confine and restrict the bird. Free standing perches and/or play stands are highly recommended. Stainless Steel cages always preferred if possible. Corner cages should be avoided. Round Cages are prohibited.

Blue and Gold Macaws as Pets:

Blue and Gold macaws are beautiful, intelligent, and captivating social birds. We are extremely fond of these gorgeous, brightly colored majestic parrots. Their fun and loving personality makes them quite popular. They thrive on human companionship and interaction & love to be cuddled and petted.

Blue and Gold Macaws are typically loveable, with an outgoing personality. They are vocal birds that often love to sing and can obtain a large vocabulary. They are full of personality and have even temperaments which make them great pets. Like most parrots, Blue and Gold’s thrive on attention and form strong bonds with their family members.

A Blue and Gold Macaw needs a good deal of consistent socialization and training to make it a well-behaved pet. While keeping a B&G does require a bit of work on the part of the owner, most people who own them will agree that their birds are well worth the effort — and that they are rewarded every day with their birds’ companionship and sweet dispositions.

Potential owners should also be aware that macaws can be extremely loud. They are prone to loud vocalizations and contact calls which can become an issue if the bird is not properly socialized and given enough mental stimulation and enrichment to prevent boredom. This may make them a questionable choice for those living in apartments or condominiums.

If you think a Blue and Gold Macaw might be the right bird for you, feel free to contact Michael Carhart at Aviary by the Sea to further discuss this and he will help you decide whether or not this species is a good choice for your lifestyle.