Everything you should know....
Large, at up to 40 inches in length from the beak to the tip of the
tail feathers. Greenwing Macaws have a wingspan of over 40 inches.
On average, a well cared for pet Greenwing Macaw will live for about
50 years. However, there have been reports of Greenwing Macaws living
well into their 80's.
If you want an affectionate bird, then the Greenwing Macaw might be
the bird for you. In fact, these gorgeous parrots are known to many
as "the Gentle Giants" due to their sweet dispositions. They
are highly responsive to training, and must be given adequate attention
and bonding time due to their social natures. Those interesting in
adopting a Greenwing Macaw should make sure that they have enough time
to spend with their new bird.
Greenwing Macaws are primarily a brilliant, bright red color. Their
wings are trimmed in bands of green and blue, and their legs and feet
are a deep gray. Their beaks are horn colored with a black lower mandible,
and they exhibit the classic bare macaw eye patches on their faces.
Greenwing Macaws, like all parrots, should be offered a high quality
commerical seed/pellet mix in addition to daily servings of a variety
of bird-safe fruits and vegetables. A fresh, varied diet will make sure
that your Greenwing Macaw receives adequate nutrition.
Although they are not known to be quite as active as other large parrots,
Greenwing Macaws still need plenty of exercise for both their mental
and physical stimulation. Owners of a Greenwing Macaw should allow
for 2-3 hours of supervised out-of-cage playtime every day to make
sure that their bird maintains top physical condition.
Greenwing Macaws as Pets:
Bold, eye-catching, and affectionate, Greenwing Macaws have been a
favorite of bird owners for many years. Their physical beauty in addition
to their shining personalities make them a joy for experienced parrot
owners to keep.
Those interested in adopting a Greenwing Macaw should keep in mind
that these birds, however tame and affectionate, are still parrots
and will act as such. There are few things louder than a macaw at sunrise,
and potential owners should be aware of this!
In the wild, Greenwing Macaws live in flocks of 6 to 8 birds, and are
very social. Because of their social nature, Greenwing Macaws need
owners that will spend plenty of time socializing with their pets.
When you take a Greenwing Macaw into your home, you must become its
Greenwing Macaws are known for being destructive chewers, and future
owners should consider this before rushing out to buy their new pet.
A bored Greenwing Macaw can chew through a door frame or expensive
molding with the force of a trillion termites -- and 5 times as fast.
Greenwing Macaw owners should prepare to invest quite a bit into good
quality toys for their pet, so that the bird won't make a toy out of
Consider the expenses of keeping a Greenwing Macaw before bringing
one home. Veterinary bills, as well as the costs of quality feed, toys,
and cages all add up quickly. If you can't give your bird the best
of everything, consider holding off on adopting one until you can.
If you think a Greenwing Macaw might be the right bird for you, contact Daniel
Walthers at Winding Woods Ranch to
see if you can schedule a visit with him and his birds. Seeing how
Greenwing Macaws behave in their home environment will help you decide
whether or not this species is a good choice for your lifestyle.