Wired Science recently did an article on the Mysterious Behavior of Amazonian Macaws of Tambopata. They interviewed several researchers, including the director of the project, Donald Brightsmith. Long-time readers of my blog know that Tambopata is a personal favourite birding location of mine and I plan a return trip in 2016.
The article is very interesting and gives a more in-depth look than most eco-tourists get. I do find it sad that the younger chicks are no longer being rescued and hand-fed by the researchers. They used to do this in the past, that’s why the “Chicos” still hang around the lodge and try to steal people’s breakfasts! I would be much happier if the younger chicks were still being rescued, even if they were subsequently relocated to another habitat to interbreed with other Scarlet Macaws.
Call me a softie or whatever, but it would be a shame if these beauties had been left to die!