Animal Facts

Greenwing Macaw


The Green-wing Macaw that is termed as Red-and-Green Macaw is mostly confused by the folks with the Scarlet Macaw due to the amazing color variations in the feathers. Among all the flying parrots it is also known as the Gentle Giant as it is the second largest after Hyacinth Macaw. It is simply beautiful and attractive due to amazing combination of different colors like red, green and blue.

The head, shoulders and breast of the Green-wing Macaw is a deep red color, then a greenish band that trails down from the shoulders to the wings and then merges into a dark blue pattern on the wings that gets lighter on the rump and the lower tail. This amazing combination makes the Macaw attractive and exceptional as well. The dark grey shade of its legs, upper beak and lower beak makes the whole combination awesome and worth watching too.


The Macaws are especially known for their size and the Green-wing Macaw does have their specific measurements different too. The normal size of a Green-wing Macaw is about 35.5 inches or 90 cm. the average weight of a normal and fully grown Green-wing Macaw is around 2.7 pounds. The younger Macaw looks the same as an adult one except in their size and the color of their eye’s iris is brown and the lower part of beak is a paler grey. At the full-grown age the Macaw comes to its signature size with complete beauty and ultimate color!


The major attraction in Green-wing Macaw is their behavior: commonly these are very friendly, loveable and intelligent. Sometimes they are a little loud but most of the time when they are expecting you to talk to them, they become insistent! They can also sense your moods and will respond in a way that mirrors how you feel. Generally, the wild Green-wing Macaw lives in small groups of three to four. They will be a part of your family if you welcome one into your home.


In the wild, the Green-wing Macaw will be found in the woodlands of Northern and Central South America. But, due to being a sought-after pet their numbers in the wild have decreased as people illegally capture them. Now, they are bred in captivity for pet lovers. The Green-wing Macaw is good in a home, enjoying our normal room temperatures and environments, but should be sheltered from very noisy places. A t 2.5 or 3 feet cage, or larger, is necessary for their comfort. Apart from that, a pet Macaw will enjoy being set free for at least 2 to 3 hours in the house per day.

Life Span and Breeding

The average age of a Green-wing Macaw is around 60 years. So you could have a pet Green-wing Macaw with you for most of your life! The incubation period of the eggs to hatch is about 28 days and after that the parents will take care of the new babies until it is time to push them out of the nest to fly Normally after three months the younger Macaw is able to fly on their own.

The breeding of the Green-wing Macaw is established in Aviculture. Specifically, in United States, the biggest danger to these birds in the wild, is the breeders capturing them to breed them for sale. At the youngest stage the parents feed them high fat seeds, sun flower seeds, corn on the cob, greens, carrots and other protein rich foods for the best nourishment.


The Green-wing Macaw is a pet bird that will live with you easily and friendly in your home. The diet is readily available in most pet stores, to keep them healthy. The Macaw loves to eat seeds, fruits, nuts and other vegetation in the tree tops, so these are packaged for pets by pet food companies. Mostly the Green-wing Macaw likes to eat with family and if you have it as a pet you can simply serve the food at your meal times. Be sure to read about those things that the Macaw should not have to eat, so that you do not expose your pet to foods that are toxic to them.

Considerations as Pets

The Green-wing Macaw is known well as a wonderful pet! But you should know that they are known for their screaming nature that gets louder and louder if they are not getting the attention they want. They also sense danger, and in some cases, have been known to scream to notify their human family in warning.

They also naturally get louder at night- as if calling their flock to settle in for the night. If you take good care of your Green-wing Macaw, then you can expect it to live a long and happy life.

The Green-wing Macaw is one of the best species of Macaws to be kept as a pet. It is friendly in nature and colorful. They each have their own character and will be a nice addition to your family, adding beauty and fun to your life! If you train your Macaw properly, you will have years to enjoy their company!

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