Blue and Gold Macaw
The Blue and Gold Macaw (Ara
ararauna) is a truly spectacular parrot. This psittincine, of
the larger macaws, is a very intelligent bird and loyal pet.
Eventually, many bird enthusiasts feel an urge to own one of
these large, incredibly colored birds. Perhaps it is the
beautiful tropical appearance, or the Blue and Gold's reputation
as an acrobat that prompts dreams of ownership. Either way, it
is among the most sought after bird in the parrot family.
While the Blue and Gold is not
generally thought of as an outstanding talker (there are
exceptions) what they do learn to say is usually spoken clearly
and loud. Many owners report that their Blue and Gold's behavior
is more reminiscent of a puppy than a bird; often times
following them around the house. These animals are very playful
and are more than willing to be taught tricks by their owners.
Popular antics taught to Blue and Gold's include rolling over
and playing dead, skating on special parrot skates, and riding a
small bicycle designed for Macaws. Bird shows at amusement parks
usually include this well-known species.
A ll large Macaws have very
powerful beaks that are capable of crushing the hardest palm
nuts. However, they are seldom vicious. They seem to expect
respect and to give it equally as a matter of course. Maybe they
realize that only a very foolish person would actually try to
harm them! If size and a bold attitude intimidate you, you might
want to think of owning a smaller species of Macaw. However, if
you think you would enjoy a parrot that would maybe grab your
wrist tenderly and snugly to play tug-a-war, or cuddle its bare
face against yours while mumbling affections, then a Blue and
Gold might well be your companion bird of choice.