Physical Description: Greenwing Macaws look like Scarlet Macaws with the contrast turned down. They are completely red, with bands of bright colors on their wings. But, instead of yellow and blue bands they have green and blue bands. They have the typical pale, fleshy faces of all Macaws, but even the feathers on their cheeks are bright red! Unlike other Macaws, Greenwing Macaws have horn-colored beaks rather than the usual black.
Average Lifespan: 40 – 60 years
Sexing: Sexing these birds requires a DNA test, as they are not sexually dimorphic and you cannot tell the sex just by looking at them.
Origin: Northern South America (Specifically Eastern Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Mato Grosso Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Northern Argentina)
Trainability: As with most of the large Macaws, Greenwing Macaws are not for everyone. They are mischievous and playful, and can become quite destructive if bored. We recommend purchasing a weaned, hand fed baby. Birds naturally fledge from the nest and their mothers, so hand-feeding a baby you intend to keep for life is not the best idea. It will only cause more aggression later when the bird becomes confused and frustrated that it cannot leave the “nest.” Greenwing Macaws have been known to be “one-person birds” – bonding very strongly with their primary care taker or other favorite person. Greenwing Macaws learn quickly and are easy to train with a little effort. They can easily develop a good vocabulary, knowing a few key words and phrases to get what they want. Greenwing Macaws enjoy showers and will often bathe with their owners. Many enjoy being outdoors as well, so it is good to find a way to allow your Greenwing Macaw to play outside safely. If socialized properly, they can be great family pets and friendly with visitors as well.
Loudness: Like all Macaws, the Greenwing Macaw can be quite vocal. Because of this, we don’t recommend them (or any of the large Macaws) for apartment living. If you feel that a quieter, smaller bird is more appropriate for you, there are still many species to choose from.
Pricing: Greenwing Macaws can be somewhat pricy, depending on your budget.
Minimum cage requirement is 30″ x 40″ x 66″ with 1″ – 1 1/4″ bar spacing, 5mm bar thickness minimum. Stainless steel cages are recommended due to their great beak strength.