Green Winged Macaw
Wild: 30 years
Captivity: 50 years
Name of Young
- Green winged macaws are also called red and green macaws. They are one of the largest species of macaw and have a wingspan of 49 inches.
- This species is similar in appearance to scarlet macaws. However, green winged macaws are larger and have a band of green feathers on their wings. They also have tiny red feathers near their eyes.
- Macaws have very strong beaks that can generate 200psi (pounds per square inch) which they use to crack open the shells of nuts and seeds.
- They usually mate for life. They lay 2-3 eggs in a tree hallow and incubate them for about 28 days. Chicks begin to learn to fly after about 90 days, but are cared for by their parents until they are about 6 months old.
- The green winged macaw population is in decline due to habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.
Did You Know?
Macaws are very messy eaters. They often drop seeds onto the forest floor while eating and some seeds also pass through their digestive systems. These seeds may grow into new plants and help generate new forest growth.