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Red-and-green Macaw

Red-and-green Macaw
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Copyright: Fred Hardaway (Deon01) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 27] (159)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Macaws [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-13 15:04
Viewed: 4291
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Binomial name : Ara chloroptera
Class : Aves
Order : Psittaciformes
Family : Psittacidae
Genus : Ara


Length : average 26 - 36 inches

Wingspan : average 41 - 49 inches

Weight : 1250 - 1700g.

Head : Deep red feathers, inferior surfaces red, with red facial feathers traversing white facial patch; facial patch does not flush red; nares surrounded by dense red feathers and not visible; upper mandible primarily horn colored, except for a triangular portion of the base and the tip which is black; lower mandible is black; tongue black.

Eye Coloration : Pale yellow-gold outer ring with inner pale green iris.

Body : Can be distinguished from the Scarlet by its more massive size, deep red body color with green on the wing covert area; occasional green nape or green scalloping on nape and back; occasional red scalloping on the green upper wing coverts; rump and upper tail coverts medium blue; inferior surfaces of all feathers red.

Tail : Deep red, becoming blue at the tip; inferior surface red.

Immature Birds : Nestlings have brown feathers traversing their facial patch, becoming red as they approach one year of age; bone colored mandibles blacken with age; black eyes. Immature eyes are dark to pale gray.

Captive Breeding : Has been slow to breed in captivity from wild caught stock; improved with captive bred birds as breeders.

Reproductive Maturity : Four to five years old in captive bred birds.

Diet : The Greenwing Macaw requires a varied diet, with the base being a top quality feed formulated specifically for the Macaw, such as the All Macaws Signature Line Deluxe Seed and Nut Macaw Diet, and should include fresh fruits, vegetables and "people food" and/or a high quality soak-and-cook, such as Beak Appetit which is offered in our Feed and Treats section. Please be forewarned that NO BIRD should be offered caffeine, avocado, chocolate or carbonated drinks of any kind, ever. They are poisonous and/or can make your bird very ill due to its inability to process and pass air out of their systems.

Lifespan : 60-80 years or more.

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very nice!!!

Great notes Frederic!
These are my favorite birds! I love parrots! This ones color is very flashy. Great depth of field and POV! Is the tail clipped? I like the framing!

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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-10-05 18:01]

This is a really cool capture (and trick - for the bird). This is actually not a Green-wing Macaw (though it is a mix from one). This is a hybrid called a Harlequin macaw, which is a cross between a Blue & Gold and a Green-Wing macaw. They, as well as the Catalinas (Blue & Gold and a Scarlet) look very similar - and I venture to say are the most colorful of the macaws, but are not found in the wild. This is a great photograph though. The colors of the skates really accentuate the colors of the bird.
TFS Steph

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