The blue and gold macaw is one of the largest macaws in the parrot wold with a body length of 76-86cm and weigh more than 1.5kg (3Ib). This blue and yellow macaw is mostly blue and light orange with green patches on it head, black beak, pale light yellow irises and grey feet. The lifespan is 30-35 years in the wild but can live more longer in captivity, they reach sexual maturity at 3 years old. They live in South and Central American countries such Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia, Peru and Paraguay. This species mates for life. They nest their chicks in dead palm trees, the female lays about 3 eggs, incubate the eggs for 28 days and the chicks fledge the nest 97 days from the hatching date.
Blue and gold macaws are common in large parts of mainland South America. They scream and make loud noises to seek attention from their parents, constant chewing of toys and other objects in the cage should be expected when they are in captivity. The large size of this parrot also require a lot of space to keep them comfortable in captivity, and an enclosure for a blue and gold macaw should at least 15m (50ft). The lifespan of a captive blue and gold macaw is expected to be 60 years and above, and people looking to buy a blue and gold macaw should know that the bird might outlive them. If you are looking to purchase a macaw parrot, you should visit Hansen parrots special pet shop.