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Scientific name: Ara arararuna

Habitat: rainforest waterways, seasonally flooded forests

Diet: unripe nuts, seeds, fruits, flowers, leaves, insects, snails

Life span: 40-50 years (70-100 years in captivity)

Young: 2 young

Size: 85-90 cm (3 ft) head to tail

Blue and gold macaws and scarlet macaws are closely related species. They have similar habits. At night blue and gold macaws roost in large groups. They may fly in pairs or large flocks, travelling up to 24 km (15 miles) to find food. Pairs mate for life. The female incubates the eggs while the male stands guard.

Blue and gold macaws are threatened due to habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.

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Blue and gold macaw on Wikipedia


Range: Central and South America

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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