Green Winged Macaw

Green wing macaw on perch at Wingham Wildlife Park

Size.

This macaw has a total length of around 39 inches (100cm), a wingspan of approximately 49 inches (125cm) and reaching weights of between 1.25Kg and 1.75Kg. These measurements make it the largest macaw in the Ara family (however out of all Macaw families this species ranks second to the Hyacinth Macaw).

Habitat and Distribution.

This bird lives in heavily forested areas of Panama,Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.

Age.

This macaw lives for between 50 and 60 years.

Diet
This bird spends most of its time feeding in the tree tops where it will feed on a variety of fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and buds. As well as eating these items it is known to lick clay which neutralises the toxins from some of the fruits which they eat as well as aiding digestion.

Groups and Breeding.

In this species the males and females will mate for life. The females use tree hollows to lay 2 to 3 eggs which they incubate for approximately 28 days.

Threats.

Over the last few years there have been major declines in the number of this species left in the wild due to habitat destruction and illegal trapping for the pet trade.

Interesting fact’s.

With a beak pressure of 2000 psi this bird is strong enough to break a broom handle in half.