Rio – Red and Green Macaw
Hatched: March 18, 1996
Rio was hatched 3/18/96 at Reg-Mar Aviary, Royal Palm Beach, FL. He joined the cast at Reptile Gardens, where he underwent training and performed until 9/2000 when he was given to World Bird Sanctuary. They reported him to be very territorial and an unreliable flier. Upon arrival at World Bird Sanctuary we though he would be a good display bird who could be retrained with patience and positive reinforcement. (He will do anything for bananas.) Rio was sent to the Clarksville Nature Center where he was given the one on one attention that he needed.
In March of 2002 he came back home, where he receives the attention and training that Macaws need on a daily basis. He is everyone’s favorite. He has learned to recycle, and loves to talk louder than the vacuum.
Species: Red and Green Macaw (Green Winged Macaw)
Latin Name: Ara chloroptera
Description: second in size only to the Hyacinth Macaw; breast is bright red; lower feathers of the wing are green; characteristic red lines around the eyes formed by rows of tiny feathers on otherwise bare skin; long blue tail; grey legs; powerful bill horn colored with blackish sides; lower mandible blackish; iris pale-yellowish; feet dark grey; immatures have shorter tail, lower mandible paler and iris is brown
Age: average in captivity 50-60 years; some individuals known to reach 80 years; several claims of birds over 100 years old
Wingspan: up to 49″
Weight: 2.75-3.5 lbs.
Habitat: tropical forests and swamps in Central and South America, including Columbia, Panama, Venezuela, Guyana and Trinidad
Status: commonest of the macaws, however in recent years numbers in the wild have declined due to habitat loss and capture for the pet trade
Range: forests of northern South America
Behavior: frequently seen in pairs or family groups, occasionally gathering in small flocks; larger groups found feeding in trees or on clay banks; breeding season is November to March; 1-3 eggs hatch within 28 days; young fledge at 90-100 days
Diet: nuts, fruits, berries, seeds and some vegetable matter
Vocalization: in captivity have been known to learn to talk, but are not considered the best mimics; considered quieter than other macaws
- Also known as Green Winged Macaw
- This bird’s powerful beak can generate a pressure of 2000 psi and is capable of snapping a broomstick in half
- Flies virtually every day to clay banks to feed on mineral soil which is believed to neutralize toxic content of unripe fruits