Green-Winged Macaw

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Green-winged Macaw
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Subfamily: Psittacinae
Tribe: Arini
Genus: Ara
Species: A. chloroptera
Binomial name
Ara chloroptera
(Gray, 1859)

The Green-winged Macaw or Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) is often mistaken for the Scarlet Macaw because of its predominantly red feathering. The breast of the Red-and-green Macaw is bright red, but the lower feathers of the wing are green. In addition, the Red-and-green Macaw has characteristic red lines around the eyes formed by rows of tiny feathers on the otherwise bare skin. This is the commonest of the large macaws and the largest of the "Ara" genus, widespread in the forests of Northern 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 pet trade.


[edit] Description

The superficially similar Scarlet Macaw has no eye lines and a yellow bar on each wing. Some macaw owners and experts call the Green-winged Macaw the "gentle giant", as it is larger in size than the Scarlet Macaw and Blue-and-yellow Macaw, but has a more docile nature which often makes it a more desirable pet than the other two popular species. It is second only in size to the Hyacinth Macaw, the largest bird of the macaw family. The wingspan of the greenwing macaw can be up to 49 inches, with a total body length of 39 inches. A healthy adult will weigh between 1,250 and 1,700 grams. These birds average lifespan in Captivity is about 50-60 years, although there have been confirmed once living more than 80 years and several claiming to be over 100.

[edit] Power

The Green Winged Macaw has a very powerful beak which can generate 2000 Pounds per square inch of force and can snap a broomstick in half.[1] This powerful beak is designed to crush or open even the hardest nuts and seeds

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