Chestnut Fronted Macaw
Like most mornings at the Rainforest Expeditions eco-lodges, this one started just before dawn and would involve sightings of Chestnut-fronted Macaws. Rainforest animals are most active during those two first magic hours after sunrise and this is why both guests and guides had 4:30 A.M. wake up calls. During breakfast, the first light of the day began to filter down through the tall, cathedral-like rainforest canopy and signaled that it was time to leave for the trip to a nearby oxbow lake. As the group walked down to the boats, Red Howler Monkeys roared from the canopy and a family of Saddle-backed Tamarins was sighted.
Even though the ride across the river was a quick one, the guide was kept busy in pointing out the birds that were flying across the coffee-colored Tambopata.
“Crested Oropendolas! Russet-backed Oropendolas!” he exclaimed as large flocks of those big, yellow-tailed birds flew over the boat. Loud screeches indicated that one of the most common macaws in the Tambopata region was also in active mode. As pair after pair flew overhead and perched in the riverside trees, the guide pointed them out.
“Those are Chestnut-fronted Macaws! They are smaller than the big macaws but very common in Tambopata and just as colorful”.
The Chestnut-fronted Macaw (Ara severa) is probably the most numerous macaw species in Tambopata. Their abundance is likely related to their preference for old second growth and riverine habitats. This allows them to persist in many areas near the town of Puerto Maldonado although they are much more common in the forests near the lodges.
Some interesting facts about Chestnut-fronted Macaws:
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