Blue and yellow macaw

Macaws are primarily monogamous, remaining bonded for life. They are often seen flying in large flocks and the bonded pairs fly close together, their wings nearly touching.

Fast Facts

  • Macaws are playful and inquisitive and can mimic human vocalizations very well.
  • Their incredibly strong beaks are perfectly adapted for eating all sorts of nuts and seeds, as seen in their ability to crack open incredibly hard-shelled nuts with ease.
  • At the slightest sign of danger, they take flight and start screeching loudly.

Scientific name

Ara ararauna
Range  South America
Conservation status Least concern
Diet Herbivore
Zoo name(s) Max, Penny
Zoo location Cats

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