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 parrtos, have their first and fourth toes pointing backwards.
It prefers forests, especially tropical rainforests, 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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