Green Winged Macaw

Citron Crested Cockatoo

Scientific Name: Ara chloroptera
Wild Status: Least Concern

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South America

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.

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). 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 an enormous amount of pressure. This powerful beak has evolved to crush or open even the hardest nuts and seeds.

The Red-and-green Macaw generally mates for life. The female typically lays two or three eggs in a nest made in a hole in a tree. The female incubates the eggs for about 28 days, and the chicks fledge from the nest about 90 days after hatching