Apr 29 2016

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

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.

lracadmin | Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Location Hours
Monday9:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday9:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday9:00am – 2:00pm
SundayClosed

By Appointment Only - Appointments start at 10 a.m. Drop offs and pick ups as of 8 a.m. For Emergencies after hours call: The Veterinary Emergency Clinic - 416-920-2002. *The doctors at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic may not always have the same intimate knowledge of, or comfort level in, dealing with certain species of animals as we do at The Links Road Animal & Bird Clinic. But they will always be honest with you and do the best they can to get your pet through an emergency.