Posted Dec 31, 2014
Blue-and-gold macaws build relationships very easily. From my experience, they are happy to make a new friend, and will instantly want to snuggle and interact with that person. They are exceptionally intelligent, and pick up new behaviors very quickly, mostly because I think they are very good at reading their owner's body language, and discovering really quickly what their owner is asking them to do. With the fact that they are overly affectionate comes the fact that they get quite breeder with their owners too. I would recommend never petting your Blue-and-gold below the head, as they seem quite prone to regurgitating and presenting mating behaviors. These unreciprocated mating interactions can cause any bird to get frustrated and lash out at their owner, so I think, especially with a bird prone to this behavior, reducing the possibility of it is important. Obviously, these guys are stunningly beautiful, and as a slightly smaller macaw, a bit easier to handle. Just like any other macaw, it is important to feed them a good quality pellet, fruits/veggies, and the occasional nuts and seeds, but only a few! If someone were adamant about getting a macaw, and had lots of history of good bird care, I would probably recommend a Blue-and-gold macaw to them.