Blue and Yellow Macaw
About the Blue and Yellow Macaw

One of the most spectacular of the palm swamp residents is the Blue and Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna). Blue-and-golds only nest in old palm swamps, such as the one at the Tambopata Research Center. When you arrive at the swamp boardwalk you will hear their screams right away.

Blue and Gold Macaws at Clay Lick
Blue and Gold Macaws by Rosemarie Lerner

The Blue and Yellow Macaw is one of the most photogenic birds that live in the Peruvian rainforest. Their bright blue upperparts  combine perfectly with rich yellow underparts. Happily, guests at the Rainforest Expedition lodges in Tambopata always (and we mean always) see this bird.

How to identify Blue and Yellow Macaws:

They are unmistakable! Nothing is as blue or as yellow in the rainforest!

Blue and Gold Macaw
Blue and Gold Macaws at the Tambopata Clay Lick by Murray Cooper

To learn to identify macaws download our illustrated plates and our photographic guide to Amazon Jungle Animals.

Some interesting facts about Blue and Yellow Macaws:
  • A macaw with a large range: Blue and Yellow Macaws occur from eastern Panama to northern Paraguay. They require both humid forest and palm swamps. They are fairly common where pristine tracts of these two types of habitat occur. Like other large macaws, they tend to quickly disappear from areas impacted by deforestation and hunting.
  • They only nest in Palm swamps: Blue and Yellow Macaws use cavities for nesting but will only nest in dead palm trunks. The smaller Red-bellied Macaw also nests in dead palms.
  • Intelligent and long-lived: Many Blue and Yellows are as smart as a 3-4 year old person. They can live to the age of 70 in captivity.
How to see Blue and Yellow Macaws during your Amazonian adventure:
  • Visit the Tambopata Research Center: The big clay lick at this remote eco-lodge is one of the only colpas regularly visited by Blue and Yellow Macaws.
  • Visit a canopy tower: You can observe this big gorgeous parrot from the canopy towers at the Rainforest Expedition lodges. To practice, download our Amazon Jungle Animals identification guide, including the beautiful illustrated plate of Amazon mammals.
  • Sign up for a Free Trial of the Amazoncam: even if Amazon Jungle Travel is not in your short-term plans you can connect with jungle wildlife. Sign-up for your free trial of the Wired Amazon and help us identify the Amazon Wildlife that is on the photos taken by our 20 square kilometer grid of 78 cameras snapping away in the middle of the Amazon jungle.
  • And of course, if you´re thinking (or even dreaming) of Amazon Jungle Travel,  drop by to chat with the Amazon Travel experts. We will help you get there.


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