Red and Green Macaw

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Common Name: Red & Green Macaw
Scientific Name: Ara chloroptera

Size: 39 inches (100 cm)

Habitat: South America; Orinoco and Amazon Basins. Natural habitat is tropical lowlands and jungle borders.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: Unknown. Vulnerable in the wild. In recent years there has been a marked decline in its numbers due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the pet trade.

Diet: Fruit and nuts.

Nesting: Sexes are alike. Macaws are cavity nesters; either creating of taking over abandoned nests in trees or cliff faces. Breeding season varies within the range from late November in the South to February/March in the North. Clutch consists of up to three eggs. Incubation lasts 28 days. The young may leave the nest after 90 to 100 days.

Cool Facts: This Macaw is also called the Green-winged Macaw and is often mistaken for the Scarlet Macaw because of its predominantly red feathering. In Brazil, this macaw is called “arara-vermelha-grande”

It has a very powerful beak which can generate a pressure of 2000 psi and can snap a broomstick in half. It is also known for its calm and sweet deposition, earning the title of the “Gentle Giant” and is one of the most popular macaws within the pet trade. It lives 65-70 years.

Found in Songbird Remix Amazon

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