Green Winged Macaw

(Ara Chloroptera)

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Tropical forests of Central and South America

All Macaws have the same physical characteristics. They have a slender body, long wings, and a long tapered tail. All types of Macaws have an oversized head and beak. The beak is adapted to eating large nuts in the wild, such as the various palm nuts.

The Green Winged Macaw can be distinguished from the Scarlet Macaw as the upper wing feathers of the Green Winged Macaw are green (as opposed to yellow or yellow and green in the Scarlet Macaw). Also, the Green Winged Macaw has red lines around the eyes formed by rows of tiny feathers.

The Green Winged Macaw is the largest of its genus, found in the forests of northern and central South America. Like other Macaws, in recent years there has been a marked decline in its numbers due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the parrot trade.

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