Bubba and Rambo hamming it up. In these pictures you can clearly
see the red feather lines on their faces this is one easy way to
tell them from the Scarlet macaws. Scarlet macaws do not have any
red feather lines on their faces, and green wings always do.
Green Wing Macaw can be deceiving because when talked about but not
visually seen one would expect this macaw to be mostly green and
visualize something like the Military macaw as being what a Green
Wing would be. This makes it quite confusing when you see one as
they do resemble the Scarlet macaw except for the feather lines on
their faces that are absent in the Scarlet macaw, whom has a bare
white face absent of any feather lines at all. Further more the
green on the back side is not indigenes to just them as many
Scarlet's also display green but not all.
this definitely sets the Green Wing macaw aside from the Scarlet
as Scarlet's can be quite nippy and more of a one person bird as is
the case in most Congo African Grey. The Green Wing is a much
gentler parrot compared to the Scarlet. As for talking ability they
are remarkable, not only do they talk well as do most macaws but just like
other macaws can learn words and fraises in more than one human
macaws will call me in several voices, lol, often using my son's
voice to really get my attention. Making me think my son has
returned home for a surprise visit. If that fails to get my
attention they will try a much deeper voice. They are quite comical
at times and will do all they know for your attention.
are two of our Green Wing's the male is on the perch and a female is in front. All
though they are almost red the green, on the wing of Bubba the
male on the perch the green is visible. On Rambo the hen
in front it is not
pictured, but she too has green on her wing. This is where the
name Green Wing comes from.
As you can
see the two sexes look very much alike, some say the males are
larger but this is so often not the case as many females are large
and sometimes larger than the male. Making it difficult to tell them
way to tell is to DNA them to know for sure.
the hen is up front, Bubba a male is in back pictured here. These two get along quite well but when it came
time for the male to choose a mate he preferred another macaw female that we
brought in. This in it self can be difficult when pairing them up and although
they as are other macaws quite tolerant of other macaws and can be housed
together with others provided the cage was neutral to all in the beginning. They
often prefer to make a choice other than what we think would be a good mate.
Which can be quite costly when trying to pair them up.
We were quite lucky that on
our second attempt or new female caught Bubba's eye and they are now very bonded
and are now a breeding pair and of course still our pets too. Here they are
shown with their nesting box. The nest also can be difficult to chose for them
as we have our idea of what they might like but often they have their own ideas
Our first nest
box was not to their liking and they paid it no attention at all. It
was a more angled deeper nest like that which most of our Blue and
Gold macaws prefer. But for these two they prefer and oblong nest.
We use wood instead of metal for our nest boxes and because of
chewing must be replaced from time to time. We choose not to use
metal because it can be to cold in the winter and to hot in the
also allows them their natural nesting behavior of chewing it and
customizing it to their liking.
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