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Yellow-breasted blue macaw

Scientific name:  Ara ararauna
Class:  Birds
Continent:  South America
Habitat:   Bosque tropical
Diet:  Frugívoro
Weight:  1,1 kg
Size:  97 cm
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Meet the Yellow-breasted blue macaw!

The Yellow-breasted Blue Macaw is perhaps the most iconic of all psittacines.

Commonly known as parrots, psittacines are birds that live in the vast South American jungles. Its range extends from Panama to northern Paraguay. The Blue Macaw has a spectacular tail that ranges from 49 to 59 centimeters long.

This parrot is the unmistakable representative of the macaws, parrots with powerful beaks and very long tails. For perching on higher branches, it needs a lot of strength in its beak.

What are its habits?

In captivity they reproduce easily; in the wild they live in groups of 25 to 30. The Blue Macaw is social, and couples stay together within the group.

It feeds on fruits and seeds, and incubates its eggs (between two and three), during a period that ranges between 24 and 26 days. Chicks are carefully fed by their parents, and they nest in the cavities of dry trees.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The Blue Macaw is less skilled than the cockatoo when it comes to articulating sounds. It has a high life expectancy: it can reach 50 years.

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