Saturday, December 22, 2012
Rather B Birdin: Red-Shouldered Macaw
A red-shouldered macaw (Diopsittaca nobilis), the smallest macaw species, not much bigger than a cockatiel. There are two subspecies, Hahn's Macaw (Diopsittaca nobilis nobilis) and the Noble Macaw (Diopsittaca nobilis cumanensis). They can easily be told apart by their beak, Hahn's Macaw has a completely black beak while the Noble Macaw has a light-coloured upper beak.
They live in South America, in Brazil, Peru, the Guyanas and Venezuela and their habitat is threatened by logging. They are also being hunted for the pet trade.
Like all parrots, they are social birds and will fly and forage in groups, vocalising to stay in contact with each other. They feed on palm fruits, seeds and nuts. A pair will nest in tree holes or even move into a termite hill.
More birds at I'd Rather B birdin, photos were taken at Wilhelma, Stuttgart.
Internet Bird Collection