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Blue-and-yellow macaw
Blue-and-yellow macaw
The unique two-tone color makes it stand out among all parrots.
Type: Chordates
Class: Birds
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Fischer's lovebird
Genus: Macaws
Species: Blue-yellow Macaw
General Settings
  • The habitat ranges from eastern Panama to Brazil and northern Paraguay.
  • Body length-80-95 cm, tail feathers-50-52 cm.
  • Weight – up to 1.5 kg.
  • They eat a variety of plant foods: nuts, seeds, tree fruits, fruits, juicy tree bark, berries, flowers. Sometimes - insects and their larvae.
  • Life expectancy – up to 40 years, individual individuals are much longer.

Loud, piercing and sharp "raaahhh" this parrot is heard over long distances.

Social behavior

Macaws are found in pairs or in small flocks. Although sometimes they can gather in groups of up to 100 individuals. Birds are strongly attached to the place of residence. Blue-yellow macaws are very careful. As soon as they feel the danger, they immediately fly away, while making loud shouts, warning their relatives.


Birds are monogamous. The mating season is from December to March, when the couple returns to the same tree with a hollow. But the chicks do not appear every year. The female lays a clutch of 2-5 eggs and incubates it for about a month. At this time, the male takes care of the female, feeds her and protects the future offspring. Both parents are engaged in feeding the chicks. Babies are ready for independent life by about the sixth month of life.

Species and people

Since ancient times, the indigenous people considered the blue-yellow macaws to be their favorite birds and tamed them. Indian tribes kept parrots in absolute freedom, the birds became attached to their owners and did not even think of flying away from them. Europe was conquered by the blue-yellow Macaw in the XVII century.

Interesting Facts

A macaw can fly up to 30 kilometers per day.

Every day it flies to the river cliffs, where it swallows clay rich in minerals. Presumably, in this way, the bird neutralizes the toxins contained in unripe fruits. 

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
  • Data
  • Data
  • near
  • vulnerable
  • endangered
  • critically
  • extinct
    in the wild
  • Extinct
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