Posted Sep 18, 2014
To be as helpful as possible, I'll list the pros and cons of owning a blue and gold macaw. Let's start with the negatives. It is important to remember with any Neotropical animal, but especially macaws, that these are wild animals- even if you have raised them from birth (hatch). Macaws can be very aggressive and possessive of one owner. This means that they may not be a great choice for large families or families with small children. They also tend to not play well with other pets for the same reason. One look at a full-grown blue and gold macaw should tip you off as to just how powerful that bite can be. That being said, on to the positives.
Owning a blue and gold macaw can be extremely rewarding. They are very devoted and affectionate animals to their owner. They are also highly intelligent and will continually surprise you with just how clever they can be. Of course, one of the main selling points for these birds is their beautiful colors. They will develop their color over the first couple of years of life and will remain brilliant as as long as they remain healthy, both physically and emotionally. Owning an exotic animal is not as simple as picking a dog from the pound. If you are considering owning a bird like a macaw, please do some reading before-hand and decide if your life and family are right for this kind of animal.