January’s Bird of the Month

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This is Sam. Sam is our resident Blue and Gold Macaw. She is approximately 30 years old and quite a character.

This blog will give you an overview of the Blue and Gold Macaw and it will also give you an idea of what they are capable…with time, patience and repetition.

The Blue and Gold is a large South American parrot. It inhabits the forests and woodlands of South America. This macaw’s range extends slightly into Central America (Panama).
Believe it or not, there is also a small breeding population of Blue and Golds in the Miami-Dade area. The first sighting in Miami was in the mid 1980s.

Blue and Gold Macaws are prized for their beauty. Young, handfed babies are very adaptable and are easily handled. Blue and Golds are like most macaws – intelligent and sociable. Blue and Golds are very active birds who like to climb, swing and bounce. They tend to be pretty even- tempered and thrive on attention. Blue and Golds are eager to learn and need adequate mental stimulation to avoid feather mutilation. Multiple toys in their cage is a must for these birds.

Like most macaws, they are avid chewers so it’s important to keep the Blue and Gold supplied with wooden toys or dowels. This will help to keep their beaks naturally trimmed and provide them with the mental stimulation they crave and enjoy.

Like most macaws, the Blue and Golds have certain times during when they are more “vocal” than other times. Blue and Gold Macaws can be quite loud at dawn and dusk, so this macaw may not be the best choice for those who live in apartments or other small/close communities.

The Blue and Gold Macaws require a varied diet. A seed-only diet will lead to health problems and vitamin deficiencies. They should be offered a pelleted or a good seed diet with fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts on a daily basis.

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The average life span of a Blue and Gold Macaw is 50-60+ years.

Appearance: The Blue and Gold is a brilliant ultramarine blue above and striking gold beneath with a black throat. The naked facial skin is white with rows of black feathers forming lines. When the Blue and Golds are excited – believe it or not – they blush. The tail is long and tapered – blue above and gold underneath.

To give you an idea of what they are capable of…we are including a few photos and videos of Sam doing her thing. She’s quite a ham!

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We have two Blue and Gold Macaw babies available now and more to come in the future. If you are in the area, please feel free to drop in and let Sam show you a few of her tricks in person.

Check out a few videos of Sam.  Video 1   Video 2

Stop in and visit our Sam and our our available macaw babies. Golden Cockatoo is located in Deerfield Beach, FL and conveniently located between Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Delray, Boynton and West Palm Beach, Florida. We look forward to seeing you!

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