Skittles

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.

Skittles was purchased by me and is a permanent resident. I found her in a local bird store in 2016 (approximately 12 years old at the time). Skittles has suffered abuse which caused her to pluck (she has not plucked since coming home with me) she was locked up in a cage 24/7 in a darkened basement and had things thrown at her when she made any noise. She has come along way in her recovery, she knows now how to trust and learning that toys are actually fun things to play with and not fear.