Macaw

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Common Name:
Macaw
Scientific Name:
Ara chloropterus
Size: 45 cm
Weight: Up to 1.36 kg
Birds
Herbivores
Native to Central America and Caribbean
Native to South America
Rain Forest

Conservation Status

Least concern

Our macaws are housed in the aviaries, but also used in the “Birds of the World” displays during the spring and summer months. They are big, bright, intelligent birds which thrive on new tasks and challenges. They respond well to human interaction and prove easy to train for an accomplished keeper. They can be as wilful as a small child, though!

Macaws can live up to 60 years in the wild, but deforestation and capture for the pet trade will reduce their numbers. Up to four chicks can be raised each year with females incubating the eggs whilst the males supply food. Macaws pair for life but live within large flocks of up to 30 individuals.

In the zoo, the macaws’ diet comprises a mixture of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, pulses, rice and pasta. In the wild, they’ve been seen eating clay on the river banks but no-one knows why!

 

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The health of our zoo family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we have closed Blackpool Zoo at until further notice.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for any other date in 2020 or we can provide a refund. Please send your booking details to tickets@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. We apologise for any disappointment and thank you for your patience.

We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo when we re-open.

Stay safe everyone.