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Blue-and-yellow Macaw
Range: Eastern Panama (in Central America) to tropical South America
Habitat: Forests, woodlands, swamps, savannas
Conservation Status: Common
Scientific Name: Ara ararauna

Imagine seeing a whole flock of these brightly-colored birds as they fly through a tropical jungle. Macaws are highly social and like to gather in large flocks. Their loud, shrill calls can be heard over long distances.

The macaw uses its sturdy, curved bill for a number of purposes. Since the bird can move both its upper and lower beak (a rarity in the bird world), it has plenty of leverage to crack even the hardest nuts and seeds. The beak is also dexterous enough to peel a grape and manipulate objects, plus it comes in handy for holding food while the bird eats. (Did you know a macaw can be left- or right-footed?) Finally, the bird can use its beak as a “third foot” when it climbs tree branches.

Like its Scarlet Macaw “cousin,” the blue-and-yellow macaw is a very smart bird. But its ability to imitate sounds is not as highly developed as it is in some other members of the parrot family.

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Have a great Weekend!!!!

(constructive critique is welcome)

coming soon -
another - St Louis Air Show - from high up in the hills above the air field:
and on Mon 09/03 we went to a small car show -
after that - Friday 09/14 - St Louis Balloon Glow
and - Saturday 0915 - Great St Louis Balloon Race
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Comments on this photo:

Oct 21 2007 19:36 GMT Archer
Such fine portrait of this colourful bird!
Oct 21 2007 19:37 GMT bennystr
Excellent again!
Oct 21 2007 19:51 GMT mariazinha32
a beauty
Oct 21 2007 20:14 GMT Ruedi PRO
Super serie!
Oct 21 2007 20:26 GMT LizSA
It is a beautiful bird... so sad so many in captivity.. but good again.... if people
have them they are well looked after.... we have a couple of them in
a local nursery.... so beautiful.... and at the Bird Parks... they always have
the Macaw .. and this is not even their habitat....!!
It must be wonderful to see a flock of them flying in the jungle... !!
we hardly ever see them fly... as they are in cages...... moving around...!!
or sometimes loose but still captive...!!!
Oct 21 2007 21:11 GMT bertel
keep´m coming. So many good photos in this series
Oct 21 2007 22:20 GMT PhotoPro PRO
this guy is in a huge bird cage - about 75 yards wide, 200 yards long and about 40-50' high - it has room to fly some
Oct 21 2007 22:21 GMT aquiles PRO
Oct 21 2007 22:22 GMT Nodster
super colours
Oct 21 2007 22:53 GMT Tlhjr
Very Nice Series
Oct 21 2007 23:11 GMT megmet PRO
A fabulous and very colourful series Bill, very nice detail and super notes!
Oct 21 2007 23:48 GMT PinkRocksAus PRO
Very beautiful photo!
Oct 21 2007 23:52 GMT jceca PRO
what a charmer !!!! that look in his eyes ... :-)
Oct 22 2007 01:55 GMT mickmusser
Great shot. I like all the parrots they have such personalities and it shows in your pics.
Oct 22 2007 02:06 GMT junsjazz
you can fill a whole coffeebook on wildlife photography! superb!
Oct 22 2007 03:19 GMT gtc126
Gorgeous Close-up Beautiful Colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 22 2007 05:15 GMT nightowl011
Beautiful shot and fantastic series!:)
Oct 22 2007 07:09 GMT Adamus
A magnificent series.
Oct 22 2007 09:30 GMT Tavascarow
Wonderful portrait.
Oct 23 2007 05:21 GMT bluefam
so cuuuuuuuute.
Oct 23 2007 15:20 GMT Arik77
Excellent series Bill !
That's the reason i decided to try too ... :-))))
Jun 11 2008 00:33 GMT DavidNewland PRO
It would appear so !
I got carried away and snapped about 400 photo's of parrots that day but I liked the look in it's eye !
Great photo here too - much richer colours, I guess mine had been put through the hot wash ;)
Jun 11 2008 03:00 GMT PhotoPro PRO
Thank you David!

I know what you mean about gettng carried away taking pics - happens to me allllll the time!!.:-))