Blue & Gold Macaw
Blue and Gold Macaw
The Blue and Gold Macaworiginated from South America, almost the entire northern half of the continent. They are playful, comical, mischievous, extremely intelligent, and often very warm and loving.
The Blue and Gold Macaws is a large parrot with 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. They are approximately 85 to 90cm in height and have a wing span of 102 to 112.5cm wide.
The Blue and Gold Macaw has a life span of 60 + years.
The Blue and gold Macaws’ sociability and even temperaments make them great pets. They have a high intelligence, willingness to learn and talking ability. Like most parrots, the Blue and gold Macaw loves attention from its owner and will form a strong bond with its family.
As 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 young children.
Blue and Gold Macaws are a very large birds and require a large cage for many toys, perches, food/water dishes, as well as sufficient space for them to move around and spread they wings. This eliminates boredom while caged.
Toys are very important for entertainment; choose thing that will make them think, things they can chew and destroy and some strong durable toys for longevity.
Macaws need to have plenty of time daily outside their cage as well. It would be a good idea to look into a specially designated play area that provides them a change of
scenery from their cage or a stand that can be moved around the house as the family moves. Any play area must be baby proofed. They will go after your power cords; they will chew your wooden furniture and anything that is within their grasp.
Cages, toys, stands and everything you need for you macaws are available at Birdsville.
Blue and Gold Macaw needs a balanced diet consisting of a wide variety of seeds, pellets, fruit and veggies. At Birdsville we recommend:
- Pellets, such as Vetafarm Nutriblend Pellets Large/Medium, Pretty Bird Species specific, Roudy Bush, Vetafarm Macaw Nuts and Vetafarm Parrot Breeder (when breeding).
- Seed, Parrot mix for young birds, Small Parrot mix for matured birds and Birdsville Parrot mix (mix with no sunflower seeds) for overweight birds or birds that eat a lot of sunflower seeds and nuts. As a treat it is also recommended Passwell fruit and nut mix or Avigrain fruit and nut mix. Do not over feed mature birds too much oily food such as sunflower seeds and nuts as it can cause fatty liver disease obesity and feather loss due to the excess of oils.
- Fruit and veggies, such as broccoli, carrots, green beans, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, oranges, apples, strawberries, bananas, grapes, melons, kiwi, mango, papaya, rockmelon, sweet potatoes and pears.
Fresh water should be provided throughout the day.
Introducing your new bird to existing birds
Once you take your bird home you should keep it in a separate cage and allow the bird to adjust accordingly. Always allow at least 2 weeks before introducing the bird to an existing bird.
The cage requires regulars cleaning and old food shouldn’t ‘be allowed to accumulate in the cage, on perches or in feeders. Water should be changed on a daily basis. Never allow fruit and veg to go old and moldy.
Lice & Mites
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