Great Green Macaw

Our Great Green Macaw, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Great Green Macaw (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Great Green Macaw Facts
Great Green Macaw
Ara ambiguus

Life Span
Wild: 50 years
Captivity: 60- 80 years
26-34 in
Average Weight
2.7-3.5 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Great Green Macaw, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • They are also known as the Buffon’s Macaw. They are large birds and have a wingspan up to 50 inches. They live in deep canyons and plateaus, and they build their nests on cliff faces.
  • Great green macaws are often confused with military macaws which are also green with a red forehead. The great green macaw, however, is larger.
  • They are often monogamous and mate for life. They will lay 2-3 eggs at a time, and the offspring will remain with the parents for up to a year.
  • In the wild, macaws often gather at clay licks. It is speculated that they eat clay to help reduce toxins from certain foods they eat and as a source of certain minerals.
  • They have strong beaks for cracking open the shells of nuts and seeds. Macaws are also very messy eaters and drop bits of food as they eat. For this reason, they are great seed distributors.

Did You Know?

Like all parrots, great green macaws are protected by the US Bird Act of 1995, which made the capture and sale of these birds in the US is prohibited. This act has reduced the number of macaws illegally taken from the wild for the pet trade, although it has not stopped it.