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|What Makes a Macaw?|
Macaws are members of the parrot family and have the typical parrot features. They have large, strong, curved beaks designed to crush nuts and seeds. Strong, agile toes are used like hands to grasp things. Loud, screeching and squawking voices help make their presence known in dense rain forests. Macaws are built to fly through the trees in the forest, with a streamlined body and tail shape and wings that donít flap deeply. They are also famous for their bright colors, which seem bold and conspicuous to us but actually blend in well with the green leaves, red and yellow fruits, and bluish shadows in the rain forest.
A Day in the Life
One of the outstanding natural sights in South America is a large flock of colorful macaws bursting up from the forest canopy in flight. Macaws live in pairs, family groups, or flocks of 10 to 30, which helps give them protection from predators like large snakes and birds of prey. They usually wake before dawn, preening their feathers and calling to one another, perhaps communicating where they are and what they plan to do next. Then, as a group, they fly up out of the trees to journey to the dayís feeding grounds, often traveling quite a long distance to a grove of trees with ripe fruit. They feast until midday, when they settle down for more preening and "chatting," then forage more in the afternoon. Shortly before or after dusk, they all take wing again to return to their roosting site, where they call to each other to figure out who sits where. The sitting arrangement can change from day to day! Sometimes squabbles break out, but macaws rarely physically injure each other. Once everyone is settled, they quiet down, fluff out their feathers, and prepare to snooze through the night.
Macaws are intelligent and curious birds that like to explore and keep busy. They are very aware of their surroundings, which is necessary to keep watch for predators. As social birds they spend a lot of time interacting with their mates and their family groups. They have been known to use tools, and they like to play with interesting objects they find. They will exam the objects from different angles, moving them with their feet, testing them with their tongues, and tossing them around. Macaws are also big chewers, something they need to do to keep their beaks in good shape. They can do impressive damage to even very hard wood with their beaks. Most macaw species like to take baths, and they play in the water as they splash around.
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A beautiful portrait, which stands out on the black background. Very good details and also a good control of white areas. Thank you, Sochirca.
I love the POV and dark BG, great colours and perfect details.
I like it very much.
- [2005-07-15 17:20]
Hi Sochirca, very nice shot. Good portrait with very good colours, POV nad details. Very well done.
- [2005-07-15 21:48]
Hello Sochirca, nice portrait of a red Macaw, don't normally see a red one, I have seen yellow, while, blue and green here, but not Red so far. She is a beauty, great composition, good details and sharpness. Very well done, thanks for sharing. :)
- [2005-08-12 14:40]
Hi Sochirca, you did a great portrait i like the composition the colours & clear details. Very well done, thanks for posting.
I just scrolled through some of you late posts and I cannot understand how I missed this one.
Wonderful composition, excellent sharpness/dof, great colours and lots of details in that beautiful plumage. He really looks great. Excellent post Sochirca.
- [2005-09-29 19:26]
Beautiful portrait. The perfect DOF gave it sharp details. Nice composition against the black background. Well done!
Amazing Red! Bravo! Cheers Stella
- [2007-09-05 8:16]
Marvelous portrait Sochirca.detail
so sharp and clean,color is stunning