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Species Info

Habitat/Range: Blue-and-gold Macaws are found in tropical lowlands of South America and Eastern Panama. They are common in certain parts of their range and prefer wooded areas near water. They’re most commonly found in the varzea, a seasonally inundated flood plain. They also live on the edges of lowland humid forests, gallery forests in savannas, savannas with scattered trees, and in swamp forests. 

Behavior: These macaws are usually found in pairs, family parties, or flocks of up to 25 individuals (often more near their roosts). They feed quietly high in the canopy and eat mineral rich clay on river banks. 

Breeding: Blue-and-gold Macaws usually mate for life and nest high in tree cavities of dead palms (as do Blue-troated Macaws). They breed between December and February depending on the area within their range and incubate the eggs for about 28 days. Chicks fledge from the nest after about 97 days. Typically, only the dominant chick survives to fledge. 

Conservation: Listing: Least Concern. The Blue-and-gold Macaw has a much wider range and is able to occupy a wider variety of habitat types than the Blue-throated-macaw. Therefore, it is not nearly as threatened. However, populations in Paraguay are on the verge of becoming extirpated (locally extinct). 

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