Blue-and-yellow Macaw

About the Blue-and-yellow Macaw

Also known as: Blue-and-gold Macaw

The Blue-and-yellow Macaw is a member of the macaw group of parrots which breeds in the swampy forests of tropical South America from Panama south to Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. These macaws reach 34 inches in length and weigh 34 to 46 ounces. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, golden underparts and a green cap on the head. Their beaks are black and very strong for crushing nuts.

The Harlequin Macaw is a beautiful hybrid cross between this species and the Red-and-green Macaw. The coloration of the hybrid bird depends on which parent is which species; if the father is a Red-and-green, the Harlequin will generally be the size of a Red-and-green with the coloration of the Blue-and-yellow.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 August 2007
Scientific Name
Ara ararauna
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Ara
  • A. ararauna
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
29.9 to 33.9 inches
32 to 48 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Arara-canindé
Chinese (汉语) 琉璃金刚鹦鹉
Czech (Cesky) Ara Ararauna
Danish (Dansk) Blågul Ara
Dutch (Nederlands) Blauwgele Ara
Finnish (Suomi) Sinikelta-ara
French (Français) Ara Blue et Jaune
German (Deutsch) Gelbbrustara
Italian (Italiano) Ara Gialloblu
Japanese (日本語) ルリコンゴウインコ (Rurikongouinko)
Norwegian (Norsk) Blågulara
Polish (Polski) Ara Ararauna
Russian (русский язык) Синежёлтый ара
Spanish (Español) Guacamayo Azul y Amarillo
Swedish (Svenska) Blågul Ara
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