Blue and Gold Macaws
Blue and Gold Macaws are part of one of the most recognizable species of pet birds, the Macaw. With their gorgeous blue backs and a bright yellow or gold underside that gives them their name, they are a highly sought after parrot. This draws in many potential owners (as you probably are looking to be), but it is important to make sure that this type of bird is right for you before making the commitment to own one. With that in mind, here are some vital Blue and Gold Macaw facts to know before you buy.
Although the coloring is what first attracts many people, these birds have developed a loyal following of enthusiasts because of their intelligence and emotional depth. Blue and Gold Macaws are capable of mimicking human speech and happily do so, easily developing a large vocabulary. They even appear to have some ability to actually understand what they are saying. Unlike some birds but like all the smart parrots, they will form deep emotional bonds with their owners and will mourn when a human leaves their life. Imagine the parrot as an adopted child and treat the parrot as such. Since they can live for more than 80 years, keeping Blue and Gold Macaws as pets is a lifetime commitment.
Blue and Gold Macaws are also one of the largest of the common pet birds, which creates some difficulties in keeping them. The minimum cage size for these parrots is 3 feet by 2 feet by 5 feet., which means that they are not a good choice for people living in very small apartments. Since Blue and Gold Macaws are very brave and curious, they usually love being included and to keep the parrot emotionally stable and happy, you need to place the cage in a common area frequented by members of your family.
Blue and Gold Macaws are also one of the loudest species of birds, which means they are not a good choice for apartment and condominium residents. Just walk into any shop with Blue and Gold Macaws for sale and you will quickly understand how loud they can be! Fortunately they do usually sleep well at night, and they will make less noise if they are given enough stimulation however expect to hear extremely loud noises from time to time with your bird.
Blue and Gold Macaws should be fed a balanced diet. High quality pelleted feed is usually the best choice as a foundation for the diet, as simply feeding nuts and fruits can easily lead to life-threatening nutrient deficiencies. However, they enjoy variety in their diets and should be given seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables to supplement their pellets. Many owners even feed them from their own meals, provided the food is safe. Food to stay away from are apple seeds, cherry and peach pits, avocado, chocolate, and anything containing caffeine, though you should consult your veterinarian for a full list of toxic foods.
These birds are wonderful companions who will likely be with you for the rest of your life if you care for them well. Despite the unique challenges they present, virtually all macaw owners agree that they are a joy to own. It takes a great deal of work, but Blue and Gold Macaws are a rewarding and intelligent bird to have in the home..