Blue and Gold Macaw

The blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as the blue-and-gold macaw, is a large South American parrot with mostly blue top parts and light orange underparts, with gradient hues of green on top of its head. It is a member of the large group of neotropical parrots known as macaws. It inhabits forest (especially varzea, but also in open sections of terra firme or unflooded forest), woodland and savannah of tropical South America.

This species occurs in Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. The range extends slightly into Central America, where it is restricted to Panama. Although they were nearly wiped out in Trinidad due to human activity during the 1970s, a recent programme of reintroduction has proved successful.

Banjo came to For the Love of Birds Sanctuary through our Facebook fundraiser. She is about 50 years old. Banjo is a bit of a celebrity, she used to belong to country-western superstar Willie Nelson. She's not used to being handled and loved on. After she left Willie, she was used as a breeder for many years. In the short time Banjo has been in sanctuary she is already making progress and making friends with the other macaws. 

Sadly Banjo passed away on the morning of April 22, 2020. She succumbed to a kidney infection and a cancerous growth at the base of her tail. Banjo will be missed by many and will be forever loved. 

In honor of Banjo, we are planning to build an outdoor aviary for all the birds in the sanctuary to enjoy. 

If you would like to help by donating funds needed or building supplies, please use the donate button on the Sanctuary main page.