Green Winged Macaw – Profile & Care Guide

Common name: Green Winged Macaw
Latin name: Ara chloropera
Length: 95 cms / 37 inches
Weight: 1100 – 1300 grams
Life Span: up to 60 years
Origin: Mexico, Central America, South America
Noise Level: Loud!

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A bit more outgoing than some of the other macaws, the green-winged macaw will most likely make a very affectionate pet. They are also known to be the more intelligent of the species. Green winged macaws can adapt very quickly to a new environment and will soon become a very loving member of the family.

Talking ability

Very good but loud!

Feather Plucking

Whilst it is not as common in these macaws (as in African Grey parrots or cockatoos), to feather pluck, it does still happen. They do require lots of mental stimulation.

Housing for your Green Winged Macaw

  • The cage that you purchase must be as large as possible.
  • As a rule your bird should have access to a large enclosure, at least 15m long in which to fly for part of the year.
  • The indoor cage should be situated in a part of the house where the bird will have lots of contact with people.
  • Strong toys are a must, as the Green winged macaw (like the others) are prolific chewers!
  • They should be allowed a minimum of 3 – 4 hours out of cage time per day.

Feeding your Green Winged Macaw

  • They are not known to be fussy eaters.
  • Ideally feed a pellet-based diet supplemented by soaked or sprouted sunflower seed; walnuts, peanuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, pine nuts; corn on the cob, banana, orange; slices of wholemeal bread, small amounts of cubes of cheddar cheese. The nuts should be offered occasionaly rather than regulary.
  • Provide some extra protein in the form of cooked lean chicken and boiled egg
  • Fresh clean water should be available at all times. Food and water dishes should be washed daily.

In summarising, Green winged macaws are prolific chewers and can have overgrown beaks, so provide plenty of hard wood blocks and other hard toys to give their beaks a good work out. Because green-winged macaws are incredibly sociable and live in large flocks in the wild, they always need plenty of daily interaction with fellow flock members (aka humans!) These birds enjoy being part of the daily household routines.

Although they are “rowdy, loving, intelligent and LOUD”, they do make wonderful pets but are really only suited to owners who are dedicated, responsible, and very well informed.

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