Project Description

(Ara chloropterus)

Also known as the Green-Winged Macaw

The Red-and-Green Macaw lives in the forests and woodlands of northern and central South America.

Macaw are beautiful members of the parrot family. The birds boast large, powerful beaks that easily crack nuts and seeds.

In the wild, macaws often flock to mountains of clay known as “macaw licks”. Such licks contain minerals and salts essential to the bird’s diet.

Macaws spend most of their days foraging in the canopy. They are usually seen in pairs or small family groups.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: South America

Weight: 2.5 lbs

Size: 26 -39 inches in length

Lifespan: 35 - 40 years in the wild, 56 - 70 years in captivity

Diet: The Macaw feeds on fruits, berries, seeds, nuts, minerals and salt from clay licks.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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