An Overview of Pet Greenwing Macaws

These striking birds are one of the most iconic of the species

Greenwing Macaw
By Manjith Kainickara (originally posted to Flickr as Macaw) [ CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Greenwing Macaw is one of the most recognizable of all the parrot species. Also known as the Red and Green Macaw or the Red and Blue Macaw these bright red birds have wings 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 eye patches on their faces.

These are one of the larger parrot species, measuring 40 inches from the beak to the tip of the tail feathers, with a wingspan of more than 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 80s. Before you adopt one, make sure you're willing to make a lifetime commitment.

Like other tropical birds, this macaw has seen its natural habitat badly depleted, and many are captured for the black market parrot trade. If you decide to adopt a Greenwing Macaw, make sure you deal with a reputable breeder who can verify the bird's status.

Exercise and Diet for Greenwing Macaws

Greenwing Macaws, like all parrots, should consume a high-quality commercial seed and pellet mix in addition to daily servings of bird-safe fruits and vegetables

Although they are not as active as other large parrots, Greenwing Macaws still need plenty of exercise for both their mental and physical stimulation, with about  2 to 3 hours of supervised out-of-cage playtime daily.


Those interested in adopting a Greenwing Macaw should keep in mind that these birds, however tame and affectionate they may seem, are still parrots and will behave like parrots. They get loud, and their screeching makes them unsuitable companions for those who live in an apartment or other close quarters.

Personality of the Greenwing Macaw

In the wild, Greenwing Macaws live in flocks of six to eight birds and are very social. Owners will need to spend plenty of time socializing with their pets. When you take a Greenwing Macaw into your home, you must become its flock, and include it in family activities.

Greenwing Macaws 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 pet. 

This is important to remember because a bored macaw is a destructive macaw. Greenwing Macaws are known for being destructive chewers and can chew through a door frame or expensive molding like a colony of termites, but five times as fast. Greenwing Macaw owners should prepare to invest in some good quality chew toys for their ​pet so that the bird won't make a chew toy out of their homes. 

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.