More outgoing than some of the other macaws, a green-winged macaw can make an affectionate pet. They are also considered more intelligent of the species. Green-winged macaws are often confused with the scarlet macaw because of their similar coloring, but as their name describes they have more green on their wings. Green-winged macaws adapt quickly to a new environment and will quickly become a loving member of the family.
Green-winged macaws require a higher fat content in their diet than parrots, so provide a healthy diet consisting of pellets, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the occasional nut. They are prolific chewers and can have overgrown beaks, so provide plenty of hard wood blocks and other hard toys to give their beaks a good work out. They are susceptible to papillomas, proventricular dilatation disease (PDD, also known as “macaw wasting” disease), polyomavirus, psittacosis and vitamin-A sensitivity. Green-winged macaws do not usually reach full size until about 1-and-a-half years of age. As babies, most macaws have dark eyes that lighten with age. Because green-winged macaws are sociable and live in large flocks in the wild, they need plenty of daily interaction with fellow flock members. These pet birds enjoy being part of the daily household routines.
“Rowdy, loving, intelligent and LOUD.”
Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC
“These guys are not for the novice. They can be more demanding than the blue-and-gold and need proper socialization and training on an ongoing basis. No particular health problems to my knowledge.”
Samuel Vaughn, DVM, Dip. ABVP – Avian Practice