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Macaws are brilliantly-colored, neotropical parrots. They are intelligent, social birds that communicate with each other through loud squawks and screams. Long, flexible toes help the macaw hold onto branches and manipulate objects. The macaw uses its strong beak as both a nutcracker and a ‘third foot’ for climbing.

Blue and gold macaws have been successfully reintroduced to their former range in Trinidad. Learn more about how the Cincinnati Zoo is helping these colorful wonders in the wild.

blue and gold macaw flying

Did You Know?

Stretching Their Wings: A macaw's wingspan is over three-and-a-half feet wide.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Ara ararauna

Central and South America

Wetlands and forest

2.8 to 3.2 ft

Up to 50 yrs

Zoo Location:
Jungle Trails

Seeds, fruits, and nuts