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Green-Winged Macaw


Scientific Name: Ara chloropterus


Origin: Throughout South America – Panama, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, and French Guiana.


Habitat: The Green-Winged Macaw lives in tropical lowlands, rainforests, savannahs, and mangroves.


Physical Description: Green-Winged Macaws stand up to 90cm (35 inches) tall.

This bird’s shoulders, head, and breast are bright crimson. Its wings and below the shoulders have a bright green stripe, leading into dark blue wings. Its tail is predominantly red tipped in blue, with blue on the rump and covert feathers.

The Green-Winged Macaw’s beak has a light top and a dark black bottom, and it brandishes colored patches around its eyes. Its legs and feet are dark grey in color.


Behavior: The Green-Winged Macaw can be affectionate, but it is a very loud and raucous bird. This bird enjoys chewing and screeching loudly.


Vocalization: Green-Winged Macaws tend to screech loudly, and if bothered or unhappy, may produce very loud and insistent vocalizations. It can mimic human speech but does not tend to do so regularly.


Breeding: The Green-Winged Macaw is monogamous, having one mate for life. The female lays one to three eggs in a hollow tree cavity. The female incubates the eggs between 25 and 28 days. Around 90 days after hatching, the chicks fledge.


Food Habits: Green-Winged Macaws eat nuts, seeds, greens, clay, tree bark, and fruits.