What is So Striking About the Blue and Gold Macaws’ Appearance?
The Blue and gold Macaw sometimes called the Blue and yellow Macaw native to South and Central America, is a big gorgeous parrot there is no wonder why people find this birds appearance so striking.
They average between 29 and 33 inches from the top of their head to the end of their tail and weighs between 2 to 3 pounds but why this parrot stands out from all the rest is his beautiful plumage. His tail feathers and wings are stunning bright greenish blue and has a wingspan over three feet. His white face with 3 thin lines of black feathers running just under the eyes and fading into the cobalt blue throat gives him a dramatic look. His body and the underside of the flight feathers and tail are a beautiful yellow gold.
The Blue and gold Macaw is a large parrot extremely intelligent and very social. They have a life span between thirty and fifty years so this parrot is a long-term commitment for a parrot owner. They are not very good mimickers but they can be trained to talk very easily.
Because of their size they require lots of space to move around and exercise. Their cage should be in this case “the bigger the better”. Here is the rule of thumb so to speak:
Estimate the wingspan, multiply this by four to get the height of the cage
Take the wingspan and multiply by three, this will give you an idea of the depth
Then multiply by 2.5 to wingspans for the width of the cage.
So if the Macaw’s wingspan is 3 ft. (36″) 36×4=144 inches (12 ft) high
Wingspan 3 ft. (36″) 36×3=108 inches (9 ft. deep)
Wingspan 3 ft. (36″) 36×2.5=90 inches (7.5 ft. wide)
As you can see by the example above you would need a pretty big cage so if you live in a warm climate an outdoor aviary this size would be ideal for natural sunlight is necessary for their plumage and overall health. For some owners this might not feasible so my suggestion would be to buy the largest, practical cage that fits your price range and space available in your home. The bigger the cage your parrot has, the more freedom he can have and the more comfortable and happier he will be.
Their diet should consist of a high quality organic pellet, seed mixture, variety of raw fruits and vegetables, beans, brown rice, cooked pasta, and fresh sprouts, wheatgrass, and non-toxic flowers. The fresh foods that haven’t been eaten in at least 24 hours should be discarded and replaced.
Macaws are loud vocal birds and if they get bored their screaming, biting and plucking their feathers can become a problem. They have need of several different types of chewable toys that they can destroy, food finding toys are great because it gives them something to figure out and keeps entertained them for a while. Having plenty of toys on hand to rotate and interacting with them is essential. They like high traffic so place them in your home where they can see what is going on and become a part of the family.
With the proper care and socializing the Blue and Gold Macaws can and do make wonderful pets. They tend to bond very well to their owners and need a lot of attention for their emotional well-being.
Source by Alice Gines