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Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) - Wiki
Subject: Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) - Wiki
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Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) - Wiki

Red-and-green Macaw
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[Photo] Ara chloroptera. Photographer: Lea Maimone Date: August 1998. Place: Formosa Province, Argentina

The Red-and-green Macaw or Green-winged Macaw (Ara chloroptera) is often mistaken for the Scarlet Macaw because of its predominantly red feathering. The breast of the Red-and-green Macaw is bright red, but the lower feathers of the wing are green. In addition, the Red-and-green Macaw has characteristic red lines around the eyes formed by rows of tiny feathers on the otherwise bare skin. This is the commonest of the large macaws and the largest of the "Ara" genus, widespread in the forests of Northern South America. However, in common with other macaws, in recent years there has been a marked decline in its numbers due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the pet trade.

The superficially similar Scarlet Macaw has no eye lines and a yellow bar on each wing. Some macaw owners and experts call the Green-winged Macaw the "gentle giant", as it is larger in size than the Scarlet Macaw and Blue-and-yellow Macaw, but has a more docile nature which often makes it a more desirable pet than the other two popular species. It is second only in size to the Hyacinth Macaw, the largest bird of the macaw family.

Red-and-green Macaws as pets
Bird experts often advise those interested in obtaining a macaw as a pet to educate themselves extensively about these birds prior to obtaining one, as they require more attention than a dog or cat.
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Green-winged Macaw
Ara chloroptera

Range: Much of northern South America, ranging from Panama to Paraguay and east to the Guianas and Trinidad, and south to Argentina.

Habitat: Macaws can be found in forests, swamplands, open savannas, palm groves, and along riverbanks, depending on the availability of land.

Description: They have heavy curved beaks used for cracking nuts and as an aid in climbing. Macaws also have the zygodactyl foot configuration with two middle toes facing forward and the two outside toes facing backward, which aids in holding food and climbing.

This macaw is a deep shade of red with dark green on the wings. The face is lined with deep red feathers. Flight feathers are blue and tail feathers are blue with a red tip and are shorter than other macaws in the same genus.

Reproduction: There is not a lot of information available about macaws in the wild. Macaws create nests in holes near the tops of trees. Usually two eggs are laid with an incubation period by the female of 24 to 26 days. The young are fledged in 13 weeks and reach adulthood in six months. There is little or no sexual dimorphism in macaws.

Habits/Diet: Macaws travel in flocks, like other parrots, often accompanied by raucous screeching. They have regular roost sites for the evenings and in the early morning, will fly to their feeding grounds.

Diet consists of seeds, fruits, nuts and limited vegetable matter.
Ara chloropterus
(Green-winged Macaw, Red-and-green Macaw)

Kingdom: Animalia Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
Subkingdom: Bilateria (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983 - bilaterians, triploblastic animals
Branch: Deuterostomia Grobben, 1908 - deuterostomes
Infrakingdom: Chordonia (Haeckel, 1874) Cavalier-Smith, 1998
Phylum: Chordata Bateson, 1885 - chordates
Subphylum: Vertebrata Cuvier, 1812 - vertebrates
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata auct. - jawed vertebrates
Superclass: Tetrapoda Goodrich, 1930 - tetrapods
Class: Aves Linnaeus, 1758 - birds
Subclass: Neornithes Gadow, 1893
Order: Psittaciformes Wagler, 1830 - parrots
Family: Psittacidae
Subfamily: Thripinae
Genus: Ara Lac챕p챔de, 1799
Species: chloropterus Gray, 1859
Scientific Name: Ara chloropterus Gray, 1859

Unambiguous Synonyms: Ara chloroptera Gray, 1859
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Scientific Name: Ara chloropterus Gray, 1859
Common Names: Red-and-green Macaw, Green-winged Macaw
French: Ara chloroptère; German: Grünflügelara; Spanish: Guacamayo aliverde
Taxonomy: Ara chloropterus G. R. Gray, 1859, no locality.
Synonyms: Ara chloroptera G. R. Gray, 1859

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