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Green-winged Macaw

Ara chloroptera

Description:

Macaws are easily identifiable birds. Their plumage is mostly red with blue and green wings and a blue and red tail. The face is white and naked with a large beak. The upper mandible is colored while the lower is black. Wingspan is 44-48 inches, they are the second largest parrot species.

Habitat:

Green winged macaws can be found in Central and most of South America except the more southern latitudes. They prefer to inhabit tropical forests, usually lowlands at the edges of jungles.

Notes:

Macaws eat nuts, fruits, berries and seeds; all high energy content foods. Little is known about the reproduction of these birds. However breeding season occurs from November to March. Females lay between 1-3 eggs that hatch after 28 days of incubation. The young begin to leave the nest after about 100 days. Their nests are built in tree hollows or holes in palm trees. Lifespan is 70-90 years. Macaws usually live in flocks of 6-12 individuals. Macaws can be taught to talk but are not very good mimics. All info from Elmwood Park Zoo website cited here.

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GretelDeRuiter
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GretelDeRuiter

Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Oct 2, 2009
Submitted on Apr 9, 2012

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