Red-and-green Macaw - Ara chloropterus


Often confused with the Scarlet Macaw, the Red-and-green Macaw does not have yellow on the upper surface of its wings but green, and there are lines of red feathers on the otherwise white patches around its eyes. Breeding pairs stay together for life: some individuals grieve over the death of a partner which can have a profound effect on the bird, especially if it was born in captivity and is left on its own. It often nests on sandy cliffs up to 1,000 in height, in which it digs out tunnels. It often swallows large quantities of clay to counteract the harmful products contained in seeds and green fruit.


CLASS : Aves
ORDER : Psittaciformes
FAMILY : Psittacidae
WINGSPAN : 1.2 m
WEIGHT : 1- 1.7 kg
CLUTCH SIZE : 2-3 eggs
INCUBATION : 23-27 days
LIFE EXPECTANCY : 60-80 years
DIET : fruit, seeds and plants
NATURAL HABITAT : it lives in forest areas (rainforests in tropical areas, and in deciduous forests and gallery forests alongside rivers and streams). These species needs tall trees and sandy cliffs for nesting.
RANGE : South America

Conservation status

Conservation status info

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LC : Least Concern
The species is threatened by illegal trade. A decrease in its population has also been observed due to the destruction of its habitat.