Blue and Yellow Macaw Facts
The walk along the trail that goes straight back into the rainforest from the Tambopata Research Center was productive from the start. Just after entering the dim interior of the forest, a mixed flock of tanagers, barbets, and other bird species had rushed on past. A turkey-like Razor-billed Curassow was seen walking up the trail. At least 40 minutes were spent watching a large troop of Brown Capuchins and Squirrel Monkeys as they foraged in a bamboo grove. Amazingly, these sightings didnít even represent the main goal of the walk but no one was complaining.
The main purpose for the jungle hike was a visit to a palm swamp situated deep in the forest. Although the diversity isnít as high as in parts of the rainforest that grow on well-drained soils, palm swamps have their own special suite of birds and animals. One of the most spectacular of the palm swamp residents is the Blue and Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna). Although they forage in many other parts of the rainforest, they only nest in old palm swamps such as the one found at the Tambopata Research Center. This became evident as soon as the guests arrived at the swamp boardwalk as they could here the screams of Blue and Yellow Macaws flying overhead. Once the guide brought them to the end of the boardwalk, it didnít take long to find the macaws as they perched by a tall, dead palm. One of the birds climbed down into the broken off stump while its mate stood watch and had its picture taken by five different cameras.
The Blue and Yellow Macaw is one of the most photogenic birds that live in the Peruvian rainforest by merit of their large size and the bright blue upperparts that combine perfectly with rich yellow underparts. Happily, this gorgeous bird is commonly seen at the Rainforest Expedition lodges in Tambopata and most guests get the chance to admire this birdís exotic beauty.
Some interesting facts about Blue and Yellow Macaws:
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