Blue and Gold Macaws are amongst the largest in the parrot family, reaching a length of up to 35 inches (89 centimeters) and weighing close to 3.3 lbs (1.5 kilograms). They have very long and lovely tails, and their wingspan reaches an incredible 43 inches (over 1 meter). Due to its impressive size, Blue and Gold Macaw will need much room and a spacious, huge cage closer to an aviary. And of course, much time spent outside of it as well.
Their wonderful character makes a Blue and Gold Macaw a perfect family pet. They are affectionate, playful, and goofy with their tricks and mimics. This parrot tends to bond deeply with its owner for a lifetime and choose a favorite in the family. Introducing a macaw into your home is a life-long obligation. It becomes a friend, a companion, and a member of the family. And remember, there’s a strong chance a Blue-and-Yellow Macaw might outlive its owner, so make sure you have a plan B in place for their lifelong care.
Size: up to 35 inches
Lifespan: 50 to 60 years
Blue and Gold Macaws are probably the most popular large Macaws kept as pets.
Blue and Golds are said to be more sociable, calm, and friendly on average than some of the other Macaws.
Blue and Gold Macaws are known to have one of the best personalities in general, out of all the large Macaws. They make excellent companions and are intelligent, eager to learn, affectionate, and one of the better talkers of the Macaws as well.
However, like all large Macaws, if not properly raised and handled well, Blue and Gold Macaws can become aggressive birds. For this reason, they are best for experienced bird owners. It would be best to establish stiff boundaries with Blue and Golds right when you bring them home. Otherwise, they will learn to scream, bite, or manipulate you to suit their needs.
Blue and Golds are known for being very intelligent and social (when raised correctly). They are trainable–they aren’t the best mimics, but you can teach them to talk and learn tricks fairly easily.
Many bird owners are intimidated by the Blue and Gold’s strong will and large beak. Their beaks are very strong–one bite can lead you to the emergency room. These birds are not suitable for first-time bird owners.