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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