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April 2016’s Animal Of The Month – Green-Winged Macaws

By April 29, 2016 No Comments

It’s time to bid a fond farewell to our friend the green-winged macaw and watch him fly out of the spotlight as our Animal of the Month for April. We hope you enjoyed our tweets @ExoticPetVets throughout the month about these gentle giants. But in case you missed any, here is a summary of our tweets. Did you know?:

  • The green-winged macaw (Ara chloropterus) is the second-largest macaw species. The Hyacinth macaw is the largest.
  • Adult green-winged macaws are about three feet (90 to 95 cm) in total length from their heads to the ends of their tails.
  • Despite their size, an adult green-winged macaw only weighs an average of between two-to-three pounds (about 1-1.4 kg).
  • Green-winged macaws are mostly red, but as their name suggests, they have green feathers on their wings.
  • Because of their colouration, green-winged macaws are also sometimes called red-and-green macaws.
  • In the wild, green-winged macaws are found over a large range of South America.
  • Green-winged macaws are considered to be among the most gentle and affectionate of the macaw species.
  • Because of their disposition and their size, green-winged macaws are sometimes called “gentle giants.”
  • In the wild, green-winged macaws live in large flocks and are very social birds.
  • In captivity, green-winged macaws need a lot of daily social interaction and enjoy being included in family routines.
  • Green-winged macaws are high-maintenance birds who need plenty of space and aren’t appropriate for all families.
  • Green-winged macaws are considered to be among the more intelligent of macaw species.
  • While they can talk, green-winged macaws are not well known for their speaking ability.
  • Green-winged macaws mostly vocalize through very loud squawks and are not appropriate pets for people annoyed by noise.
  • Green-winged macaws love to play and chew with their impressively large beaks.
  • Their love and need to chew means green-winged macaws in captivity can be destructive with household items.
  • In captivity, green-winged macaws need a constant supply of clean branches and non-toxic toys to keep them entertained.
  • In the wild, green-winged macaws eat certain types of clay in a practice known as geophagia.
  • Research suggests that wild green-winged macaws will eat some seeds and unripe fruits that are toxic.
  • By engaging in geophagia the ingested clay neutralizes the toxins, making the seeds & fruits safe for green-winged macaws.
  • The green-winged macaw has a very long life span, averaging between 60 to 80 years.
  • It’s not unusual for green-winged macaws in captivity to outlive members of their human families.
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