Although I recently featured a photo of a Blue and Yellow Macaw, I couldn’t resist sharing a photo of this one. While I don’t know that birds can really smile, in this moment it almost looks like he’s enjoying a good chuckle. Truth be told, on this afternoon at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, it was almost time for the birds on display to return to their perches for dinner and a good night’s sleep. While the anticipation of dinner had most other birds excitedly squawking away, this one seemed ready for bed and was patiently waiting his turn to return home. His quiet expression amidst the excitement going on around him made him my favorite subject to photograph for the day.
The Blue and Yellow Macaw is found in the wild in Panama and South America through northern Argentina. While they are common in the less dense areas of rain forest, they can also be found near swamps or rivers. These macaws are large, reaching up to three pounds with wingspans as large as four feet. They are herbivores, using their powerful beaks to break nuts and seeds and enjoy a variety of fruits. Blue and Yellow Macaws mate for life and tend to congregate in flocks of up to 100 birds. Popular as pets because of their intelligence and ability to be trained, macaws make excellent companions for the right owners and have a lifespan of over 50 years in captivity. This beautiful Blue and Yellow Macaw as photographed at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens in Sarasota, FL.