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Blue-yellow Macaw Parrot Ara ararauna

Blue-and-yellow macaw

Name Dutch: blue-yellow macaw
Scientific name: Ararauna route
Origin: South and Central America
Age: 50-60 years (depending on how the bird is kept)
Height: About 80-90 cm from head to tail tip
Birth: Egg laying (about 2 to 3 eggs per nest). These come out after about a month.
Activity: Day active
Legislation: CITES B It is mandatory that the bird has a life ring with unique identification. Also, the bird should not be separated from its parents for 139 days after birth.
Climate: From a desert climate to a (sub)tropical climate.
Stay: A large cage or aviary with a loose java tree or playground.
Minimum size: 150x100x150 cm. ''The bigger the better''.

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The Blue and Yellow Macaw is a beautiful macaw that, as its name suggests, has a blue and a yellow color. The blue color of the Blue and Yellow Macaw can be found on the back and tail. The yellow color of the Blue-and-yellow Macaw can be found on the belly and in the neck. In addition to the blue-yellow color, the Blue-and-yellow Macaw also has some green, which we can find on top of its head. The legs of a Blue and Yellow Macaw are gray in color and the nails are black in color, as is the bill. In addition, the Blue and Yellow Macaw also has black on its neck and black stripes on its face. The face and cheeks are otherwise white in color, so he seems to have a zebra print on his face. This macaw has a very sweet but mischievous character.

The Blue and Yellow Macaw should not be confused with the Blue-throated Macaw which has a blue color instead of black on its neck plus black stripes on the face and white on the cheeks. Also, the Blue-throated Macaw practically no longer has green on the head like the Blue-and-yellow Macaw. The blue-throated macaw is rarer and therefore less common than the popular blue-and-yellow macaw.

The Blue and Yellow Macaw is a sweet but also mischievous bird that is only too happy to be challenged. Of course there are individual differences, just like with people, but in general macaws are not averse to demolition toys, "brain games", puzzles, foraging toys and so on. They really need this stimulation in order not to get bored. This is also one of the reasons that many owners do "free flight" with their macaws. The macaw is trained to fly (and come back) on its own. With a wingspan of approximately 1 meter and a length of almost 1 meter due to its long tail, the Blue and Yellow Macaw is a picture when it flies over. The macaws also love that and you can almost literally see him enjoying it.

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When the Blue and Yellow Macaw starts to reproduce, we see that the female Macaw lays about 2 to 3 eggs. The eggs hatch after about a month. The young that are born are completely dependent on the parents. The parents who are a "giant" towards the young feed the young with extreme precision, this is magical to see. It is therefore highly recommended to look for a video of a Blue-and-yellow Macaw feeding a young of a few days old. After about 3 to 4 months, the young will start exploring and will slowly but surely fledge. But only after 139 days can the young be removed from the parents.

This is described in the ''Animal Keepers Decree'' that came into effect on 1 July 2014. These 139 days are also really essential for the mental and physical development of the macaw. During that period they have to learn a lot from their parents, but also from their littermates. For example: developing social behaviour, learning to climb, learning to fly, how to eat, because breaking open a nut is really a trick to learn and so on. Birds have been proven to develop behavioral problems later in life when they are taken from their parents too early.

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The Blue and Yellow Macaw is a CITES B bird which means that they must have a closed ring around one of the legs (There must be no seam in it; So no pinching). This ring must be fitted when the young macaw is still in the nest (Ring size: 14). Sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances whereby the macaw does not have a ring, in which case the macaw must be in possession of a chip. This can be scanned with a chip reader and has a code with numbers. If you have a Blue and Yellow Macaw with a chip? Or a ring? Then don't forget to write down all the details in a safe place in case your Blue and Yellow Macaw just outsmarted you and took the ''wings'' (legs).

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The diet of a macaw can best consist of about 70% pellets (this must be pellets intended for macaws) and/or Nutri-Berries. In addition, about 30% of the food must consist of nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit. How much your Blue-and-yellow Macaw needs depends very much on the type of pellet/seeds/nuts/vegetables/fruits you give. For example, a bird that does ''free flight'' will need much more than a macaw that is in a coop and does not really do much all day.

Are you curious which food suits your buddy best? Or do you have other questions? Then come and visit us! Our bird workers are available 7 days a week!

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