Green-winged Macaw

This bird is also known as the red-and-green macaw, and can be mistaken for the Scarlet Macaw because of its prominent red feathering.

  • Scientific Name: Ara chloropterus
  • Range: Forests and woodlands of Panama and northern and central South America
  • Status in the Wild: Least Concern
  • Location in the Zoo: Off-exhibit animal; they are often featured in Meet the Keeper Talks in Natural Encounters, where a keeper will bring one out as a handling animal for you to see up close
  • Cool Animal Fact: The Green-winged macaw’s powerful beak can generate a pressure of 2000 psi – enough to snap a broomstick in half! It is designed to open even the hardest nuts and seeds.