The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna) is a long-tailed, colourful parrot. There are 19 different species of Macaws, native to Central America, Mexico, and South America.
The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw has bright blue wings and back of head, a brilliant yellow chest, a green cap, and a long tail. It has white cheeks, with black streaks and a black-feathered chin. Its cream eyes are surrounded by a black eye-ring. It has a large, strong grey beak with a white cere. It is one of the larger species of Macaws.
The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, like other parrots, has its first and fourth toes pointing backwards.
It is native to South America. It prefers forests, especially tropical rain forests, and also woodlands.
The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw eats a variety of food, such as seeds, nuts, fruits, palm fruits, leaves, flowers, and stems. In the wild, it forages over 100 kilometres (62 miles) in search of seasonal food.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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