Ara Ararauna - perroquets du parc animalier Le PAL

Blue and yellow macaw

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Ara Ararauna
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The parrots from the ara genus are the largest of all bird species in this order. Their exceptional abilities and beautiful colours also make them one of the finest in this extended family. The male blue and yellow macaw is barely distinguishable from the female.


Geographic distribution of the blue and yellow macaw

Blue and yellow macaws are found in Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Paraguay. They are very common in some locations and are not considered as an endangered species. However, they have suffered from a significant decline in numbers and have almost completely disappeared from certain regions due to the destruction of their habitat, hunting and the trade of blue and yellow macaws as pets. In spite of various conservation measures and its status as a protected species since 1986, the blue and yellow macaw is considered vulnerable.


Habits of the blue and yellow macaw

These birds are generally found among the treetops, and their call acts as a warning for many other animals in the event of danger. In the wild, they quickly learn to imitate various animal sounds. The female generally lays her eggs in the hollow of an old tree.

Did you know?

Within groups of blue and yellow macaws, which can number as many as 20 individuals, it is possible to identify couples, which fly together almost touching wings.
Primary forest
Size: 86 to 94 cm, tail 50 cm
Wingspan: 104 to 114 cm
Weight: 995 to 1380 g
Nuts, berries, buds and young shoots.
Longevity: 60 years.
Lays: 2 white eggs
Brooding: 25 to 27 days
Sexual maturity: 3 years

Conservation status

Stable Threatened Critically endangered

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