Scientific Name: Ara ararauna

IUCN (Red List) Status: Least Concern (LC)

These birds can reach a length of 76–86 cm and weigh 0.900–1.5 kg, making them some of the larger members of their family. They are vivid in appearance with bright aqua blue feathers on the top of their body except for the head, which is lime colored. The bottom, however, is a rich deep yellow/light orange. Their beak is black, as well as the feathers under their chin. Its feet are of a gray color, save for black talons. The bird has white skin, with its face having nearly no feathers beside a few black ones spaced apart from each other forming a striped pattern around the eyes. The irises are pale light yellow.

Blue-and-yellow macaws can live from 30 to 35 years in the wild, and reach sexual maturity between the ages of 3 and 6 years.

Little variation in plumage is seen across the range. Some birds have a more orange or "butterscotch" underside color, particularly on the breast. This was often seen in Trinidad birds and others of the Caribbean area. The blue-and-yellow macaw uses its powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and for climbing up and hanging from trees.

Habitat: Forest, Savanna. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Swamp. Savanna - Dry

Animal Location: Fantastic Forests