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Green-winged Macaw

Ara chloropterus


The Red-and-green Macaw can be readily identified from the Scarlet Macaw as whilst the breast of both birds is bright red, the upper-wing covert feathers of the Red-and-green Macaw are mostly green but can occasionally sport a few yellow feathers above the band of green (as opposed to mostly yellow, or a strong mix of yellow and green in the Scarlet Macaw). In addition, the Red-and-green Macaw has characteristic red lines around the eyes formed by rows of tiny feathers on the otherwise bare white skin patch; this is one of the biggest differences from a Scarlet Macaw to the casual viewer. Iridescent teal feathers are surrounded by red on the tail. If seen together, the Red-and-Green Macaw is clearly larger than the Scarlet Macaw as well. It is second only in size to the Hyacinth Macaw, the largest bird of the macaw family. The wingspan of the Red-and-green Macaw can be up to 49 inches (125 cm), with a total body length of 35–37 inches (90–95 cm).[citation needed] A healthy adult will weigh between 1,250 and 1,700 grams (2.7-3.7 lbs). The Red-and-green Macaw has a very powerful beak which can generate a pressure of 2000 psi and can snap a broomstick in half.This powerful beak has evolved to crush or open even the hardest nuts and seeds.


The Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloropterus), also known as the Green-winged Macaw, is a large mostly-red macaw of the Ara genus. This is the largest of the Ara genus, widespread in the forests and woodlands of northern and central South America. However, in common with other macaws, in recent years there has been a marked decline in its numbers due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the parrot trade


spotted in the Vila Nova de Gaia Biological Park,i dont like to se animals in captivity,but even so,the educatif impact and the recovering processes need instalations like this and the animals are gorgeous even in cages :)

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AntónioGinjaGinja 10 years ago

Xiao the other one ,thanks again,i left space for one more photo to load in future oportunites

AntónioGinjaGinja 10 years ago

thanks Xiao,i put another photo,where we can se the all bird,i change the id and erase the wrong photos,now i'am going to load the other one that is a red macaw :)

AntónioGinjaGinja 10 years ago

wow Xiao,you naillet,i haved been researching based in your tip and they two diferent macaw's,great new,now,i have to make two spottings and to that i'll use more photos that show better your idea,thanks for the correction again

XXD17 10 years ago

I think the first three photos are actually green-winged macaws....the latter few are scarlets...

AntónioGinjaGinja 10 years ago

thanks Satyen,it's a lovely bird

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Awesome first shot!

AntónioGinjaGinja 10 years ago

yeah :( it make me suffer two,these are from breading programs,not taken from the wild,however it hurt me the same,it's first time that i spott captive animals and it's allways double feelings,in this case i understand,they have it to show to thekids in special visits,even so ,thanks for sharing your feelings about that

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 years ago

very beautiful bird, nice photo & text. Unfortunately this bird is caged!

AntónioGinjaGinja 10 years ago

@thanks again Gerardo
@thanks Maria,realy beautiful birds

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

stunning portrait!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wow another wonderful Photos of a beautiful bird !

AntónioGinjaGinja 10 years ago

Thanks Mayra

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago


AntónioGinjaGinja 10 years ago

Thanks williefromwi for you kind words

williefromwi 10 years ago

wonderful series, and wonderful information, AntónioGinjaGinja

Porto, Portugal

Spotted on Jun 11, 2012
Submitted on Jun 16, 2012

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