Green-Winged Macaw

Ara Chloroptera

Scientific Name

Green-Winged Macaw:  
Ara Chloroptera

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Green-wing Macaws are found throughout South America.

Natural Habitat

Green-wing Macaws live in the canopy and emergent layer of the rainforest.

Physical Characteristics

  • Green-wing Macaws are the second largest (Hyacinth Macaw are the largest) in the psittacidae family. Their name is misleading because they have a striking blend of red with green and blue stripes on their wings. The difference from the Scarlet Macaw is the large broad band of yellow feathers across the back instead of green feathers. Their body length is 26-36 inches with the wing span up to 41-49 inches. They can weigh over two pounds. The facial patch has red feathers and their bill is cream colored on the top and the mandible is black. Their eyes have a pale yellow outer ring with an inner pale green iris. The tail is deep red becoming blue at the tip. Their lifespan can range from 50- 80 years.

Quick Facts

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Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Green-Winged Macaw is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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Diet

Omnivore

Greenwing Macaws eat nuts, fruits and vegetables.