Blue-and-yellow Macaw Ara ararauna

  • © Paul B. Jones

The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw is a boldly colored resident of the Neotropics that is found from eastern Panama through Colombia and from Venezuela east to Brazil and south to Bolivia. These macaws have a dull green forecrown with blue upperparts, a white bare face patch with a blackish green chinstrap, and bright yellow on the underparts, underside of tail, and underwing-coverts. Within their preferred habitat of seasonally flooded várzea and gallery forest, Blue-and-Yellow Macaws feed on a variety of fruits and nuts. The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw is not a globally threatened species, but its numbers are declining across much of its range due to hunting and the relentless collection of young birds for the pet trade.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: