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Blue Macaw

Blue Macaw

Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Nov 4, 2007.

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From Wikipedia:
The Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as the Blue-and-gold Macaw, is a member of the macaw group of parrots which breeds in the swampy forests of tropical South America from Panama south to Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Trinidad. It is an endangered species in Trinidad.
It can reach 76-86 cm (29.9-33.9 inches) long and weigh 900 to 1300 g (2-3 lbs), making them one of the biggest parrots in the world. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, black chin, golden underparts and a green forehead. Their beaks are jet black and very strong for crushing nuts. 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 orangey or \"butterscotch\" underside color, particularly on the breast. This was often seen in Trinidad birds and others of the Caribbean area, and appears to be due to environmental factors.
The Blue and yellow Macaw can live up to 60 years of age, and generally mate for life. They nest at the top of tree trunks and the female generally lays two eggs. The blue-and-yellow Macaw uses its powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and also for climbing up and hanging from trees.