Red-and-green macaw

Red-and-green macaw Ara chloropterus

ClassAves
OrderPsittaciformes
FamilyPsittacidae
Size90cm
Weight1-1,6kg
Incubation28–30 days
Eggs2
Life-span50 years
Diet
fruit, grains

Habitat
tropical forests

Range
Central and South America (Panama, Andes, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay Guyana)


The upper jaws of parrots are hook-shaped while their mandibles curve upwards. This is very useful for getting certain grains out of their shells. When a parrot’s upper and lower jaws meet, they create a strong pincer movement that is reinforced by highly developed muscles attached to their skulls. Their tongues, which are thick and rough, are used to keep hold of food, just like paws.
 
Parrots are fruit-eaters but also consume earth: it includes kaolin, a mineral salt that allows them to digest certain tropical forest fruits containing toxic substances.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo