these giant birds are called Greenwing Macaws (Ara chloroptera), their
name is often misleading because they are in fact a striking blend of
red with green and blue stripes on their wings. The facial patch is
traversed with red feathers which looks like Indian war paint. Greenwing
macaws are sometimes confused with Scarlet Macaws,
which have a yellow stripe on their wings (Greenwings do not) and are
far different in both demeanor and coloring. The Greenwing is almost
as large as the Hyacinth macaw with a wingspan approaching 49 inches,
a total length reaching 36 inches and weights ranging from 1100 to 1700
grams. Not commonly bred in captivity, these extremely intelligent birds
are inquisitive about everything.
Many people are fooled by the majestic appearance and fail to appreciate
the extremely intelligent nature of these beautiful macaws. With their
large size and accompanying beak, they are prone to dominating any situation.
Therefore, it is important for Greenwing owners to set the proper limits
and boundaries as early as possible.
They are exceptionally interactive with people. The Greenwing has only
recently become readily available as pets. Wild caught birds were difficult
to breed and availability of domestic bred babies has lagged behind
the demand. They are the smartest of the large macaws and extremely
intelligent birds, with an ability to learn quickly. They are extremely
socially interactive in a variety of settings. Much larger than either
a Blue and Gold or a Scarlet Macaw. Along with the Buffon's and Hyacinths
they are the largest of the parrot family. Although they don't speak
a great deal, Greenwing macaws have a mischievous nature which frequently
leads them into trouble. It is always good to have large, tough toys
such as the All Macaws "Macaw Tough" toy line, which can satisfy
the Greenwings need to chew and destroy, these toys can save many a
door frame. In addition you will need a large cage such as the Kings
#506 cage we offer in both powder coated finish or stainless steel (the
optimal choice as there are no guarantees that your powder coating finish
will last under the pressures of the large Greenwing beak). Socially
interactive, both with people and other parrots, the Greenwing macaw
often possesses the sweetest of natures and will make an excellent life-long
Name: Ara chloroptera, Ara (strong) chloro (green) ptera (wing).
Origin: South America
Common Names: Green-winged, Red and Green Macaw.
Length: average 26 - 36 inches
Wingspan: average 41 - 49 inches
Weight: 1250 - 1700g.
Head: Deep red feathers, inferior surfaces red, with
red facial feathers traversing white facial patch; facial patch does
not flush red; nares surrounded by dense red feathers and not visible;
upper mandible primarily horn colored, except for a triangular portion
of the base and the tip which is black; lower mandible is black; tongue
Coloration: Pale yellow-gold outer ring with inner pale green
Body: Can be distinguished from the Scarlet by its
more massive size, deep red body color with green on the wing covert
area; occasional green nape or green scalloping on nape and back; occasional
red scalloping on the green upper wing coverts; rump and upper tail
coverts medium blue; inferior surfaces of all feathers red.
Tail: Deep red, becoming blue at the tip; inferior
Immature Birds: Nestlings have brown feathers traversing
their facial patch, becoming red as they approach one year of age; bone
colored mandibles blacken with age; black eyes. Immature eyes are dark
to pale gray.
Captive Breeding: Has been slow to breed in captivity
from wild caught stock; improved with captive bred birds as breeders.
Maturity: Four to five years old in captive bred birds.
Lifespan: 60-80 years or more.
Diet: The Greenwing Macaw requires a varied diet, with
the base being a top quality feed formulated specifically for the Macaw,
such as the All Macaws Signature Line Deluxe Seed and Nut Macaw Diet,
and should include fresh fruits, vegetables and "people food"
and/or a high quality soak-and-cook, such as Beak Appetit which is offered
in our Feed and Treats section. Please be forewarned that NO BIRD should
be offered caffeine, avocado, chocolate or carbonated drinks of any
kind, ever. They are poisonous and/or can make your bird very ill due
to its inability to process and pass air out of their systems.
CITES Listing: Appendix II 6/6/81