Blue and Gold Macaw (Ara Ararauna)
Macaws vocalize to communicate within the flock, mark territory, and identify one another. Â Some species can even mimic human speech. They use their beaks as an aid in both eatingÂ and as a third foot when climbing. Food is obtained using the strong beak that is also used toÂ crush the seeds and to open nuts. They can exert tremendous pressure with their beaks.
BlueÂ and Gold Macaws are generally seen in pairs but may congregate with others to form flocks ofÂ up to 30 birds. Paired birds fly close together with their wings almost touching. They undertakeÂ conspicuous daily flights from their roosting sites to scattered feeding grounds, but return toÂ the roosting trees just before sunset by flying high above the forest canopy. Blue and Gold MacawsÂ are extremely wary; and, at the slightest sign of danger, will rise into the air screeching loudly.
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