The blue-and-gold macaw is not a species of bird which is native to the Australian country side. This macaw is very easily recognised by its stunning golden chest, large white cheek patch and a beautiful blue back and tail. One of seven species inhabiting the Amazon Basin, the blue and gold macaw is definitely one of the worlds more stunning parrots.
Belonging to the parrot family, the blue-and-gold macaw will quite often be seen in very large flocks, even mixing with a range of other species without any conflict occurring. Each individual macaw has a unique pattern of feathers on the bare patch of skin on its face. This can almost be used as a fingerprint to identify individual birds. Their very long and colourful tail they use as a rudder and a brake when flying through the forest canopy.
Like all of the macaws this particular species can be found inhabiting a vast range of the forests in and around the central northern regions of South America.
This particular species is very adept at utilising its rather large beak to break into even the toughest nut, yet it can also delicately remove fruits and berries to eat as well.
Of the sixteen species of macaws found throughout South America, the blue-and-gold macaw is definitely up there in regards to parrot size. Averaging between 900 and 1200 grams and with a body length of almost two feet, this particular species belongs to one of the most well recognised group of birds any where in the world.
Blue And Gold Macaw Profiles
Bubbles joined the Wandering Wildlife crew in January 2009. He was donated to Australia Zoo when he was around 12 years old, along with his friend Cuddles, a scarlet macaw. As his name suggests, Bubbles is a very friendly, bubbly bird who loves to say hello to everyone he meets. Bubbles is very popular amongst all the animal rovers and visitors to the zoo because of his lovely nature. In his spare time, Bubbles enjoys ripping up cardboard boxes, chewing on toys and snuggling up to Cuddles.
Age: 15 Years (DOB 27/2/2004)
Being a macaw, Queto is not a species that you would find in the wilds of Australia. Queto is still only pretty young, considering macaws can live to around 70 years of age. He is probably the quietest of all the macaws here at the zoo and has a very laid back nature.