These birds live in the tropical woodlands of Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Panama, Paraguay and Trinidad.
Their diet is made up of at least 50% fruit and plant matter such as leaves, flowers and buds. Rest will always be made up of small amounts of seeds, nuts and insects. They have also been known to lick clay which is thought to neutralise the toxins from some of the fruits they eat as well as aiding digestion.
These birds mate for life, with females laying 2 to 3 eggs in a tree hollow after mating which hatch after approximately 28 days.
This particular species of macaw is listed as least concern by conservation societies because they have a fairly large distribution range and are relatively well represented throughout their range. However this may change if the threat of illegal trapping for the pet trade and habitat destruction continue.
Sandwich Wildlife Park is home to 1 male blue and gold macaw called Rio who lives with Harvey, our harlequin macaw.
He can be found in the trees overlooking the wallabies, llamas and coffee shop outdoor area. If you come and enjoy a hot drink and slice of cake on a dry day you can have a nice sit down while watching this beautiful and incredibly intelligent bird.