Saturday, December 22, 2012

Rather B Birdin: Red-Shouldered Macaw

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sources:
Wikipedia
papageien.org
Parrots.org
Internet Bird Collection
Birdlife.org

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