Blue-and-gold Macaw
Background information
Taxonomy Birds
Status Least Concern
Range South America
Habitat Rainforest
Feathers, fur Black beak
Deep sky blue flight feathers
Light green forehead
White chin
Black throat
Golden underparts
Golden tail feathers
Black talons

Blue-and-Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, is a large blue (top parts) and yellow (underparts) South American parrot, a member of the large group of Neotropical parrots known as Macaws. It inhabits forest (especially versa, but also in open sections of terra firma (non-flooded forest) and in the woodland of tropical South America.


Blue and gold macaws can reach around 33 inches (83 cm) long and weigh 900 to 1200 grams, making it one of the larger members of its family. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, black chin, golden underparts, and a green forehead. Beaks are black. The naked face is white, turning pink in excited birds, and lined with small black feathers.

There is little variation in plumage across the range. Some birds have a more orangy or "yellowish" underside color, particularly on the breast. This was often seen in Trinidad birds and others of the Caribbean area. The Blue-and-yellow Macaw uses its powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and also for climbing up and hanging from trees.


The blue and gold macaw occurs in parts of Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. They also live in a few smaller countries including Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana.


Multiple blue and gold macaws are seen during Real in Rio, some of them caged at the Smuggler's Den. Multiple are seen as patrons of the Samba Club.

Rio 2

In Rio 2, none are seen in the beginning, but one is seen with Capybaras, Squirrel Monkeys, the Audition Bird, Red-and-green Macaws, Golden Conures, Scarlet Macaws, and other contestants dancing to Nigel's song, "I Will Survive". Another one was seen celebrating after the Loggers retreated.



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