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Fast Facts:

  • This species is the second largest type of parrot, second in size only to the Hyacinth macaw, an endangered species.

  • At least five other species of macaws are endangered.

Green winged Macaw

Scientific Name Ara chloroptera
Classification Phylum Chordata; Class Aves; Order Psittaciformes; Family
Status The green-winged macaw currently is not classified as endangered. However, they have disappeared from part of their former range in Panama. Five other species of macaws are listed by the IUCN as either Endangered or Vulnerable.
Range Central & South America, including Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay
Habitat tropical forests, mangrove swamps, savannas
Diet In the wild, macaws eat fruits, nuts and leaves.

Special Features

Green-winged macaws are sometimes called red-and-green macaws.

Social Structure and Behavior:

Breeding & care of young:

In the wild, the breeding season for the green-winged macaw begins in November and December in the southern part of their range, and February and March in the north.

Nests are fashioned in hollow tree trunks or holes in damaged palms high above the ground. Typically 3 eggs are laid that hatch 28 days later. Both the male and female share the responsibility of raising the young for 90 to 100 days after hatching.

The first down feathers appear around 8 days after hatching. Their eyes open around 15 days. The first feather sheaths emerge at about 3 weeks.

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