Everything you should know....
Blue and Gold Macaws are large birds, and can reach lengths of up
to 33 inches from the beak to the end of the tail feathers.
Intelligent and sociable, the Blue and Gold Macaw usually does well
as a pet when the owners are dedicated, responsible, and well informed.
They are large birds, and as such are capable of extremely loud vocalizations.
Because of this, they may not be the best choice for those who live
in apartments and condominiums, or that have small children.
Blue and Gold Macaws typically have a green forehead, fading into
blue which covers the nape, back, tail, and wings. The chest and underside
of the wings and belly are a bright golden yellow. They have large
black beaks, and white patches of skin around their eyes and face.
These patches are adorned with rings of tiny black feathers.
Captive Blue and Gold Macaws should be fed a varied diet consisting
of as many different types of fresh foods as possible. The birds should
be supplemented daily with a high quality pelleted diet and a fortified
seed blend, taking care to avoid treats that are high in fat.
Blue and Gold Macaws are active birds, and they love to climb, swing,
bounce, and chew. Those who own Blue and Gold Macaws should provide
a minimum of 2-3 hours of playtime outside of the cage each day so
that they birds can stretch and exercise their muscles. Strong toys
are a must, as the Blue and Gold's beak is known to be destructive.
These birds have powerful jaw muscles, and chewing is neccessary to
keep them healthy and in shape.
Blue and Gold Macaws as Pets:
Beautiful, captivating, intelligent, and majestic, Blue and Gold Macaws
have held a place as one of the most popular large parrots for years.
These brightly colored beauties have so much more to offer than just
a pretty face -- they are full of personality as well!
Their sociability and even temperaments make them great pets, and
their intelligence, willingness to learn, and talking ability only
help make them more precious in the eyes bird lovers. The Blue and
Gold, like most parrots, thrives on attention from it's owner and will
form a strong bond with its family members.
This is not to say, however, that the Blue and Gold Macaw is for everybody.
Indeed, this is a bird that requires extra special attention. They
are quite large and must be provided with adequate space in which to
live, play, and exercise. Not only that, but they are prone to ear-shattering
vocalizations and contact calls, which are often unappreciated by close
neighbors. Care must be taken to properly socialize these birds and
to provide them with adequate mental stimulation, so that screaming
doesn't become a habit out of boredom.
When Blue and Golds are kept in healthy, wholesome environments, they
are normally a joy to have as pets. Those who are looking to add a
Blue and Gold to their families, however, should do plenty of research
before they buy a bird to make sure that they can provide the kind
of home that will be conducive to a healthy, successful ownership experience.
Doing so will help ensure that both bird and owner will enjoy many
happy years together.
If you think a Blue and Gold Macaw might be the right bird for you,
contact Daniel Walthers at Winding
Woods Ranch to see if you can schedule a visit with him and
his birds. Seeing how Blue and Gold Macaws behave in their home environment
will help you decide whether or not this species is a good choice for