Blue & Yellow Macaw -South Lakes Wild Animal Park
One of the many free flying Macaws at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Cumbria, this one, along with a few other Macaws are free to fly anywhere rather than just the very large walk through avary. They can be seen at different times during the day flying around the Animal Park and roosting in various locations. This one had roosted near the cafe at lunch time.
The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), is a member of the group of large Neotropical parrots known as macaws. It breeds in forest and woodland of tropical South America from Trinidad and Venezuela south to Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. It extends slightly into Central America, where it is restricted to Panama. It is an endangered species in Trinidad, and is on the verge of being extirpated from Paraguay, despite this, it still remains widespread and fairly common in a large part of mainland South America.
These birds can reach 76 to 86 cm long and weigh 2.7kg to 3.9kg they use their powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and also for climbing up and hanging from trees.