Blue-Gold Blue and Gold Macaws are probably the most well-known. Their beautiful blue and contrasting yellow feathers have attracted people all over the world for many years. They look as if they were entirely blue before someone dipped their bottom half in yellow paint. Everything on the upper half of the bird – their heads, back, wings, and top of the tail – is blue.
Everything on the under side – their chest and belly, under their wings, and under their tail – is yellow. They have a green forehead, and the same pale, fleshy face as all Macaws. Their white faces make the black feathering stand out, and give them a zebra-like pattern on their cheeks.
Average Lifespan: 40 – 60 years
Sexing: Sexing these birds requires a DNA test, as they are not sexually dimorphic and you cannot tell the sex just by looking at them.
Origin: South America ( Specifically, Panama south to Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay)
Train ability: As with most of the large Macaws, Blue and Golds are not for everyone. They are mischievous and can become quite destructive if bored. They tend to bond very strongly with their primary caretaker or other favorite person, and can be aggressive towards strangers if they are not properly socialized. We recommend purchasing a weaned, handfed baby. Birds naturally fledge from the nest and their mothers, so hand-feeding a baby you intend to keep for life is not the best idea. It will only cause more aggression later when the bird becomes confused and frustrated that it cannot leave the “nest.”
Blue and Gold Macaws learn quickly and are easy to train with a little effort. They typically develop good vocabularies, and can be taught to perform tricks on cue. Sam, our resident Blue and Gold Macaw, will stand on his head, upside down, in the palm of your hand when prompted correctly. It’s quite amazing to see! It is one of the few Macaws that we will suggest as a first bird as they accept new people quite readily, have a great personality, and posses a great combination of friendliness and speaking ability. It is one of our favorite birds.
Loudness: Like all Macaws, the Blue and Gold Macaw can be pretty vocal at sunrise and sunset. Because of this, we don’t recommend them (or any of the large Macaws) for Apartment living. If you feel that a quieter, smaller bird is more appropriate for you, there are still many species to choose from.