The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw [Ara ararauna], also known as the Blue-and-Gold Macaw, is a member of the group of large Neotropical parrots known as macaws. It breeds in forest and woodland of tropical South America from Trinidad and Venezuela south to Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.
These birds can reach 76 to 86 cm [30 to 34 in] long and weigh 900 to 1500 grams [1.9 to 3.3 lbs], making it one of the larger members of its family. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, dark blue chin, golden under parts, and a green forehead. Beaks are black, and very strong for crushing nuts. The naked face is white, turning pink in excited birds, and lined with small black feathers.