The Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as the Blue-and-gold Macaw, is a member of the group of large Neotropical parrots known as macaws. It breeds in forest (especially varzea, but also in open sections of Terra Firme) and woodland of tropical South America from Trinidad and Venezuela south to Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. It barely extends into Central America, where restricted to Panama. It is an endangered species in Trinidad, and is on the verge of being extirpated from Paraguay, but still remains widespread and fairly common in a large part of mainland South America. There is also a breeding population in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It is therefore listed as Least Concern by BirdLife International.
Blue-and-yellow Macaws are popular as pets partly because of their
striking appearance and ability as a talking bird; however, their
large size makes accommodation problematic, and they require much more
effort and knowledge from owners than more traditional pets such as
dogs or cats. They are intelligent and social, so for someone who can
provide for their needs, they make good and loving companion parrot.
Blue-and-yellow Macaws bond very closely to their owners. They tend to
be more aggressive during mating season, typically 6–8 weeks in the
spring time.
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