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.

Mickey was surrendered to For the love of Birds Sanctuary in the fall of 2017 and is approximately 55-60 years old. He was purchased at the pet store that was in the old Cinderella City shopping center in Englewood, CO. Mickey lived with the same family until living situations changed and they felt it in his best interest to come to live with the flock at For the Love of Birds Sanctuary.