Blue-and-Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, is a large blue (top parts) and yellow (under parts) South American parrot, a member of the large group of Neotropical parrots known as Macaws. It inhabits forest (especially varzea, but also in open sections of terra firme(non-flooded forest)) and woodland of tropical South America.
Blue and gold macaws can reach around 33 inches (83 cm) long and weigh 900 to 1200 grams, making it one of the larger members of it's family. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, black chin, golden under parts, and a green forehead. Beaks are black. The naked face is white, turning pink in excited birds, and lined with small black feathers.
There is little variation in plumage across the range. Some birds have a more orangy or "yellowish" underside color, particularly on the breast. This was often seen in Trinidad birds and others of the Caribbean area. The Blue-and-yellow Macaw uses its powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and also for climbing up and hanging from trees.
The blue and gold macaw occurs in parts of Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. They also live in a few smaller countries including Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana.