Macaw Pictures and Descriptions
Green Wing Macaw
The Green Wing Macaw, known as the Gentle Giant is second in size only to the Hyacinth Macaw. Although larger than most of the other macaw species, when properly raised, the Green Wing Macaw has a temperament that is normally more steady and easy-going. If raised with children, they are more tolerant of the fast movements that are characteristic of small children than some of the other macaw species.
Since the Green Wing Macaw is primarily red, it is often mistaken for a Scarlet Macaw, but in reality there are many differences between the two macaw species. The Green Wing is a darker red as compared to the scarlet red of the Scarlet Macaw. The Scarlet has a bare facial patch and a yellow band of feathers on its wings. Whereas, the Green Wing has red, or, red and black, feather stripes on its facial patch, and a green band of feathers following the red on its wings.
The Green Wing has a very sensitive, responsive, and affectionate disposition. As a youngster, depending on the individual, he may sometimes go through a period of "terrible twos" or over-sensitivity, but this phase will not last for long if met with patience and persistence by praising acceptable behaviors and discouraging those that are not acceptable. The Green Wings tend to be more vocal than the other macaws in that they make more moans, groans, and baby sounds when they are young.
Depending on upbringing, an older baby may sometimes become afraid and defensive when moved into a new home and environment, but this will pass in a day or so when he gets to know his new family and home. It is important to keep the high intelligence of this animal in mind when getting to know one of these magnificent creatures. Try to imagine the reaction of a child that has just been moved into a new home with strange people. Depending on the age, background, and personality of the baby, this adjustment may be instantaneous, or, it may take a couple of days. Try not to pass judgment or form an opinion of any baby macaw until you have given him a chance to adjust to his new home. Get to know him and make him feel loved and wanted. The rewards for your patience will be returned by the devotion of an affectionate and loving, pet and companion that will last for most, if not the rest, of your lifetime.