We have two Blue & Gold Macaws at the park – Ping & Gomez. They love watching the public and can both be found in the main square by our T-Rex. Ping is very mischievous and likes to get a closer look at our T-Rex!
Blue & Gold Macaws can be found in swamps and forests in Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay & Panama.
Wild diet consists of palm fruit & other tree fruits, nuts and seeds.
Very social animals that will congregate in large flocks. When flying as a group, mated pairs will fly wing to wing. They generally mate for life. The females typically lay 2 or 3 eggs in a nest made in dead palm trees. Incubation is 28 days, the parents will then choose the strongest chick to raise and leave the others to starve.
This species of macaw is currently not in danger of becoming extinct. However, this could change due to the threat of illegal capture for the pet trade and habitat destruction.
They will use their beak to crack open nuts, and also use it as a third leg!
The colour of the male signals readiness for breeding, meaning brighter & bolder males have a better chance.
These macaws help with seed dispersal around the forest by dropping seeds during feeding and also in their faeces.