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Blue-and-yellow Macaw

Ara ararauna

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Enormous parrot with a long, pointed tail. Unmistakable: cerulean upperparts and golden-yellow underparts with a white face and black patch on the throat. Could only be confused with Blue-throated Macaw, which is rare and local in Bolivia only and has a more extensive blue throat and a less extensive white face. Found in lowland rainforests and savannas from eastern Panama to Brazil, often in more open habitats than other macaws. Usually found in pairs, which fly together and perch in the canopy. Can gather in small groups, especially at fruiting trees or clay licks. Nests in cavities. Listen for raucous calls, typical of large macaws.

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