These South American birds are highly intelligent and congregate in massive flocks in the wild. They are very social, colorful animals with a penchant for loud vocalizations.
These large parrots have beautiful ultramarine plumage along their backs and bright yellow feathers on their undersides. They are gregarious birds who are rarely seen outside of large groups or in pairs. Often found eating and socializing in rainforest canopies, they are common throughout most of tropical South America and up into parts of Panama. Populations in certain areas are threatened or endangered. These macaws were once plentiful on the island of Trinidad, but can no longer be found there; this is an example of local extinction. One of the best ways to help protect macaws is by using recycled paper products and making sure to recycle aluminum cans, since both of these resources come from the Amazon and can contribute to deforestation.
Diego is our blue-and-gold macaw. He can be seen, most days, on exhibit with our green-winged macaws in the Spectrum News 13 Children's Garden. Diego loves interacting with our guests!
Macaws have more taste buds on their tongues than any other type of bird!
Eastern Panama and South America
Tropical forests, swamps, savannas
Height: 76-86 cm, Wingspan: 104-115 cm, Weight: 995-1380 g
Seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetation
Harpy eagles, hawk eagles, orange-crested falcons, humans
Strong, sharp bill; sharp claws; flight; predator mimicry
These birds mate for life. The female will lay 1-2 eggs in the cavity of a tall, dead tree. Chicks are altricial, and they cannot open their eyes for one-to-two weeks after hatching.
30-35 years in the wild, up to 50 years in human care