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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Meal Deal

Blackpool Zoo is reopening on Monday 12th April!

The government has announced that the outdoor areas of zoos will be allowed to reopen on Monday 12th April 2021.  

We will not be allowed to open most indoor areas: the indoor eating area of the cafe is closed, as are the indoor viewing area of animal houses including elephants, big cats, giraffes, small primates, gorillas and orangutans.  These animals all have access to their outdoor enclosures.

A full list of restrictions and measures in place can be found here.  Please ensure you read them before you book your tickets as they are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo.

Stay safe everyone.