This gallery contains 2 photos. These parrots are common sights at the local pet stores. This pair of Greenwing Macaws are sisters Carmen and Maria, and they are the first ambassadors of the Bloedel Conservatory (they have been residents there for more than 25 years!1 But you both still look lovely, darlings, and not a day over 22!) Many of our shots of them in their habitat showed them grooming each other or dancing on their perches; they were rarely still for a moment.
Greenwing Macaws are often mistaken for the similarly coloured Scarlet Macaws; both have a predominance of red (breast) feathers. They are second only in size to the gorgeous dark blue Hyacinth Macaws. Grooming builds important social bonds between these colourful, long-lived (up to 50 years), intelligent, and voluble parrots.
1 The Sisters from Salt Spring Island (bloedel.wordpress.com)