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Greenwinged Macaw

Ara chloropterus

Range

  • Amazon basin of South America

Habitat

  • Forests

Diet

  • Nuts
  • Fruits
  • Berries
  • Seeds

Its namesake green wing feathers distinguish this large bird from the similarly-colored scarlet macaw.

A powerful beak is used on a varied diet that includes nuts, fruits, berries, seeds, and other vegetation. Salts and minerals from a cliffside “clay lick” are also essential to their diet and provide protection against some of the poisonous fruits they consume. Macaws are social and will spend hours preening one another.

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