The Blue and Gold Macaw is a large South American parrot with blue top parts and yellow under parts. It is a member of the large group of neotropical parrots known as macaws. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, dark-blue chin, golden under parts and a green forehead. Their beaks are black. The naked face is white, turning pink in excited birds, and lined with small, black feathers.
The Blue and Gold Macaw eat a variety of seeds, plant material, fruits and nuts. It uses its powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and for climbing up and hanging from trees.
These birds can reach a length of 76-86cm and weigh 0.900 – 1.5kg.
This species occurs in Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. The range extends slightly into Central America, where it is restricted to Panama.