blue andgold macaw, parrot

blue and gold macaws

The best known of the group of macaws is the Blue and Gold Macaw. Blue and Golds are roughly the same weight as Scarlets, though more often than not four or five inches shorter in length. Their coloration is drastically different. As their name implies, they are blue and gold in color. The front of the bird's body is yellow, while the entire rear of the bird, including the wings, is blue.


Unlike scarlets, their beaks are entirely black. Their range is the bulk of northern and central South America. As with all the large macaws, they are extremely intelligent and interactive. Blue and Golds make great pets as they will bond to several members of the family and are gentle in nature.


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Cockatoos are similar to dogs in that they thrive on affection and touch but usually do not develop extensive vocabularies. African Greys, noted for their great talking ability, fall between these two personality categories, having traits of both. Greys tend to be more individualistic, so it depends on the Grey as to the kind of personality it may have.



Macaws do not make ideal apartment pets because of their twice-daily screaming sessions, at sunrise and sunset, and their ability to dismantle anything they can easily reach, such as the apartment building! However, for those who have a suitable environment, macaws make great pets and can develop pretty good vocabularies and fascinating antics.


What to Look For.

Look for a bird that is interactive and interested in sights and sounds. Look for a baby that expresses interest and attention by puffing out its head and neck feathers, stretching its wings (singly with a leg out or both shoulders stretched straight up), bobbing its head up and down solicitously or quickly wagging its tail from side to side.

These easily observable happiness behaviors are indications that the bird is interested in what is going on.


For a private appointment contact Carole and Rob Court.



Milkwood Aviaries

224 Sandford Side Road (Durham 11)

Mount Albert, Ontario


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