Macaws use their beaks as an aid in both eating and as a “third foot” when climbing. Food is obtained using the strong beak that is also used to crush the seeds and to open nuts. They can exert tremendous pressure with their beaks.
Blue and gold macaws are generally seen in pairs but may congregate with others to form flocks of up to 30 birds. Paired birds fly close together with their wings almost touching. They undertake conspicuous daily flights from their roosting sites to scattered feeding grounds, but return to the roosting trees just before sunset by flying high above the forest canopy.
Blue and gold macaws are extremely wary; and, at the slightest sign of danger, will rise into the air screeching loudly.
Feeds mainly of fruits, vegetable matter, seeds, nuts, leaves and bark, but will also feed on small animal life, they will use clay licks as a mineral supplement and to detoxify seeds.
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