Thursday, December 22, 2011

Green-Winged Macaw Kidney

The Green-winged Macaw is a large, red colored bird found in the forests and woodlands of northern and central South America.

Photo courtesy of Arjan Haverkamp.

The Green-winged Macaw can be up to 49" with a total body length of 39" and will weigh approximately 2.5-3.5 lbs. This bird has a very powerful beak that can generate pressure up to 2000 psi, which can snap a broomstick in half. This powerful beak has evolved to crush or open some of the hardest nuts and seeds.

This image of a Green-winged Macaw's kidney was captured with a biological microscope and the PRC3 microscope camera.