The blue and gold macaw is a species of parrot. It lives in the jungles and grasslands of South America. The bird's diet consists of fruit and nuts, many of which contain toxins. To solve this problem, the parrot visits a clay lick. This helps it neutralize the toxins in its diet. The parrot's main threats come from people encroaching on its habitat and poachers, who capture it for the pet trade. Its natural predators include jaguars, cougars and anacondas. The parrot is also nicknamed the blue and yellow macaw, because of the colour of its plumage.