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Blue-and-yellow Macaw

Ara bleu – Pairi Daiza
A large parrot

It can live up to 50 years

This is a large parrot that can be 90 cm long, with the female being a little smaller than the male.

Its plumage is easy to recognize: turquoise blue on its back and wings and golden yellow on its breast and neck. Its face and the top of its head are blue-green. It also has white cheeks, made of bare skin and striated with little lack feathers. The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw has a powerful beak, capable of breaking the husks of the nuts it feeds on, as well as seeds and wild fruit.

Living in groups in the forests, the Blue-and-Yellow Macaws usually form couples for life. They nest in tree trunks, of palm trees in particular, with the female usually laying two to three eggs. Once hatched, the fledglings remain in the nest for more than three months before flying for the first time.

The species is still fairly common and is therefore not in danger.

The life expectancy of this bird is surprisingly long: up to 50 years!

Ara bleu – Pairi Daiza
Identity card

A less threatened species

  • Name : Blue-and-yellow Macaw
  • Latin name : Ara ararauna
  • Origin : South America, from Panama to Paraguay except for the Andean Area
  • IUCN status : Least concerned
  • Cites : Appendix II

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