Animal Stories - Green-winged Macaw


Animal-World Information about: Green-winged Macaw

The large Green-winged Macaw is one of the sweetest tempered of all the large Macaws!
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Trish Elliott - 2005-06-03
I live in Milton, Florida and have 3 macaws, a greenwing only about 4 months old that I am hand feeding. I also have an 7 month old blue and gold. We started feeding her also when she was 4 months old. But my favorite is my harlequin, he is and will always be my 1st love. I got him when he was 6 and 1/2 months old..no hand feeding for him. I haven't had any of the birds sexed but just by the behavior I guess the sexes, my b&g acts like a girl..she is sweet and cuddly and dainty, loves being on her back and cuddles with my husband when he comes home from work, My harlequin is a mama's boy and let's everyone know it. The greenwing is so sweet and playful already. I also have adopted a caught in the wild 22 year old blue fronted amazon. My husband is trying to train him in the evenings. But he is the type of bird that is almost a hands off, but with love and patience I think he will come around. We love our birds. They are a constant part of our lives and a definite part of the family.

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  • Hallie - 2013-12-17
    Hello Trish, I live in pensacola and have a big bay green wing that just turned 6 months today. I have had her since she was 4 weeks old. Problem now is she won't stop with the handfeeding. She now gets her handfeeding meal in the mornings and early evenings, but she also eats her regular bowl of food I give her throughout the day. I think she is a female cause of her size. What a sweet wonderful bird I have! I soo love this girl, MANGO. Please give me your advice.
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Cindy Sue Wade - 2013-12-14
I just picked up a four year old green-winged macaw and had no idea she was so big, however size does not matter. I am trying to tame her for my cousins mom's cousin because she is too frail to work with Bobo and I was wondering how I can go about training and taming her? She does not step up or any thing. I have had experience will all kinds of exotic birds but this will be my first time working with a slightly trained green winged macaw. I have had experience with a blue and gold and let me tell you this green winged macaw is bigger than my blue and gold macaw that we had gotten from a bird show. Bobo does talk but not much , however I would love to teach her to step up and how to be tame, I do know I have my hands full with this wonderful bird but I am willing and up to a challenge, so if any one can help please do. She is so sweet and I do not want her to start plucking feathers or anything destructive for lack of attention. She is only four and needs a lot of  time and work.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-14
    I'm so glad you have this wonderful bird. You have a window of opportunity with this new green-winged macaw. The first 30 days or so, when a bird is introduced to a new environment, they are not sure what to do pr expect. That's the average adaptation time for parrots, so use it wisely. Establish the relationship to be one of honor, respect, and love and begin to train. It will take time to teach her to step-up or anything else,  maybe months, but offer treats and praise as the norm. You sound like you're well versed in working with birds, so I trust you will do well. Green-winged's are very smart, but they do have a great memory. As she becomes established you will probably see her start to try things that she learned in previous homes, but start with your training right away, and give no credence to any behaviors that are unexceptable. Stick to your training and she will begin to respond. Good luck to you both, what an exciting adventure and friendship you are embarking on!
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Dino - 2013-12-04
I have a green wing macaw, she is great, loving and playful friendly to me and my wife (not to many others). She has picked up a new habit of taking her food dishes out of their placement in the cage and dropping them on the floor, this was not too often at first, however now it is many times a day.. hard to feed and water her when she won't leave the dishes alone. The way she gets them out of their holders is very smart. Does anyone have any ideas? PS new pird in the house, however she was doing this before the African grey came in.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Sounds like she's keeping you on your toes in the creative area... have you tried dishes that mount from the outside? Many bird farms will carry a variety of different types of dishes, also your local pet store that deals in large birds would be able to help you come up with options. Good luck:)
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Bobbi-Sue - 2013-08-06
Hi! I have a green-winged macaw named Izabella Perlmutter. Most comments on the website praise their sweetness and pleasant personalities........NOT my Izabella Perlmutter. She bites, recently chewed my favorite bracelet. No one can touch her except me and that being at night when she is put to bed. She won't eat from her food bowl, so I have to feed her manually. She will not drink from her water bowel, only from a cup I have to hold for her. She only takes a bath in her water bowl..........but I adore her and would NEVER GIVE HER AWAY!

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Rosana - 2013-03-18
I have my Lorenzo, he is a three years old beautiful bird

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victoria - 2006-09-22
Love my Elvis! She, yes she, was thought to be a male, named and raised for the first half of her life as a male. Second owner, whom I bought her from, (at 5 yrs old)had her sexed after going through her first cycle on things. Originally, thought she was sick. She is beautiful, playful, friendly and outgoing. In my opinion, if you have ever been around a 2 yr old (human) and understand the psychology of that, you can handle a Macaw. Please understand, it is manditory they feel the love. Just as a 2 yr old demands your undivided attention & care. Out smart them, as an example, do not ever feed exactly the same thing at the same time to avoid unnecessary hurt feelings, if you don't keep their schedule. One example would be if you feed your pet 2 to 4 times a day, do not make them the same times each day. Vary your delivery and the food/toy/treat each time. They will become demanding if you allow it. We are suppose to be the smarter species. I question our knowledge of what defines a "greenwing" as mine is dominately green with blues, reds, oranges, yellows through out her feathers. Bright yellow under her blue and green wings, body is orange. Cone area above her mandible now red, was originally green with few feathers red, now about a full inch. 11yrs soon to be 12. Most people of "pure heart" can hold my macaw without threat, she is 28 to 30 in top to tip.

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Belinda - 2006-02-25
Hello Greenwing lovers! I have a wonderful boy named Sebastian and he is the light of my day! I have only owned him 8 months, yet he is 4 yrs old. I am his second and last owner! I find it remarkable how smart he is. He not only talks, but sings and dances. If you love birds the greenwing is the way to go! But please remember before you buy...they are a lifetime commitment, not your life only, but theirs too. So stop and think what would happen to them if something happen to you? It's sad to see birds sent from home to home over and over again. So make your choice wisely, and if you choose to own a greenwing.... you won't be sorry. they will be your best friend for life!

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  • Anonymous - 2012-12-09
    Hi, Do you still have your greenwing, Sebastian? Where did you get him? I am thinking of getting a rescue macaw, and am looking into the Greenwings.
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Stephanie - 2012-10-10
Hey...I currently have a Jenday Conure (Female - 4 years) and am purchasing a Green Wing Macaw (Male - 3 years)....I was hoping you could give me some insight as to how well these two will get along? Any input is much appreciated!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11
    These are two totally different birds, but they can become comfortable with each other. They will need their own cages. Birds are smart and often have their own ideas of how things should be. As a rule of thumb, it takes a new parrot about a month to become accustom to a new home. An existing parrot may be very willing, or may need to be coaxed, to accept a new addition to their space. So depending on them, it can take time for them to become socialized or they may mesh right away. I'd be ready for either scenario.
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Gloria - 2012-07-30
We just moved to a new home. Our Green Wing Phoenix (he is 7 years old) is very grumpy. He keeps repeating hello over and over and is very noisey and doesn't seem to know what he wants. We are trying to figure out if it is the change, more traffic, or the fact that our son and his dog are staying with us for awhile. They are staying in the basement. Usually he is a very calm bird. Please comment.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-30
    Most birds, but I think macaws are great for it, take awhile to adjust to a new surrounding.  Sometimes they get aggravated if you just move furniture around.  They like the sameness of things.  Phoenix will adjust - and they are normally a quiter macaw.  He just doesn't like change and he is grumpy.  Sure, he is also being the GUARD with a new person and a DOG in the house but willl adjust.  It takes about a month though. 
  • Gloria - 2012-07-31
    Charlie, Thank you for your comments. We believe Phoenix will adjust. Everything is new and just not familiar.
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john - 2008-10-26
I have a 16 month old fella (DNA sexed)named Bama that is just the greatest. He and I started out back July of 2007 when he was all beak and feet with just a few feathers on his head. I am a first time GWM owner and had lots of doubts in the beginning. After spending everyday for several hours visiting him in July and August and half way through September I realized he was the perfect bird for me. At the pet shop where I got him there were lots of other birds and none of them were nearly as wonderful. I have always been an animal lover and at 59 and retired I felt that I would have the time to spend with him. Bama is just the best pal in the world and I am so lucky to have found him. I have two chocolate labs and we all get along just great. Bama does require a lot attention. He is out of his cages most of the day. He wants to be with me and follows me around the house. Helps me with what ever task I am trying, ha ha, to accomplish whether I like or not. He says several words like "come back" when I leave the room or "hi there Bama", "Roll Tide", and "hi Bama", plus lots of other sounds that I am not able to decipher just yet. He loves to chew everything and is always trying to get into everything he can reach. I have him clipped so he climbs down his stand and runs across the floor to follow me. He is getting better socialized with others and will let others interact with me most of the time. He has been weened onto a pellet diet from the beginning. I also feed lots of fruits and veggies and nuts for treats. He wants to eat whatever I am eating so dinner time he gets a small sample of my food. He loves to chew up ice from my glass (plastic). He has lots of toys to keep him busy and forage in. I live in New England and the sun light during the winter is not the greatest so I got some natural lite bulbs for his cage so he gets enough. I decided early on to have a roosting (sleeping cage) in another room away from the daily hustle and bustle of the rest of my house and a cage in my family room so if I have to put him up during the day he has a place to go. That has worked out very well he does not fuss at all at night when its bed time. Both he and the dogs have their sleeping cage/crates in the back bedroom. They all go in together and come out together. Less jealousy that way. I am very glad that I have the opportunity to share my life with such a wonderful bird. I will be getting into more training of tricks so he has more things to concentrate on. He steps up regularly with out prompting and even tells me by saying "up up" and putting his foot up when he wants to come to me. He loves to roll over and have his tummy and feet played with and does his throaty macaw style laugh "ha ha ha". Foot toys are also some of his favorite things, usually broken bits of the toys he has chewed to death already. He loves to take a bath in the kitchen sink, it is a divided sink with a center section that he stands on and lets the water run over him. Yes the water goes every where and he has a great time playing in it. Afterwards we go into my bedroom and he has his fun with being blown dry with my hair drier, squaking and laughing and fluffing and shaking the water off. I would only recommend a GWM for someone with lots of time and patience. I have a grown son and Bama is like a new child in the family that will never grow up. If you like having a feathered 3 year old around with a large powerful beak for the rest of your life then have at it. I am sure glad I did.

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  • macalynn - 2010-09-19
    Hi John

    My baby girl gw loves the blown dryer after a shower/bath also.
    I love her dearly and raised her up from nothing but fuzz and some pin feathers. She is just now exploring toys, new giant cage and running the roost around here. She is sitting on my shoulder right now watching me and making those throaty noises; not a question about gw but what is new england like?
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