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Scarlet Macaw

Ara macao


This delightful bird was not exactly wild, but it was free to come and go as it pleased, and it pleased to hang around the jungle lodge where I was staying. Its brilliant plumage was a delight, and its actions were even more fun as it vocalized and hung by one foot doing acrobatics in the canopy trees above.


I'm not sure where it was from, but likely nearby in the humid rain forest surrounding the Amazon River in Peru. I think it was a rehabbed bird, recovered from injury or perhaps having been raised in captivity and now released into the wild.


This was a "tame" bird, and the lodge owner would call it down out of the trees, whereupon it would fly down and flop down on its back on the grass to solicit a tickle! You could almost hear it giggle.

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Irene Brady
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Irene Brady

Loreto, Peru

Lat: -3.53, Long: -72.32

Spotted on Dec 31, 2010
Submitted on Jan 31, 2016

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