- Ara ararauna.
- South America range includes Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Paraguay. In Central America their range is restricted to Panama.
- Forests, savannah, and woodlands.
- Variety of plant material, seeds, fruit, and nuts.
- Mate for life. Nest almost exclusively in dead palm trees. Female lays two to three eggs and incubates them for about 28 days. One chick will be dominant over the others, begging for food, so the other nestlings will perish. Chicks fledge the nest at about 97 days old.
- Male’s feather coloration signals to the females readiness to mate. Bolder coloration of feathers generally indicates very healthy birds, so males with bolder coloring usually have a better chance of successfully finding a mate.
- Can mimic sounds in their environment, so they are popular in marketplaces and in the pet trade because they can learn to “talk.”
- Under human care, macaws are basically two-year-olds throughout their entire lifespan, which can be over 60 years! They tend to scream when they want attention and need lots of stimulation by their caregivers in order to be happy.
- Large, mostly blue parrot with bright orangey-yellow chest, under tail, and wings. Top of head has a small patch of bright green.
- Beak is black; feathers under chin are black; feet are gray with black talons.
- Skin on face is white with black feathers ringed around the eyes.