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Scarlet Macaw
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao guayaquilensis) Two subspecies are recognized with subspecies guyaquilensis being the only one in Costa Rica. It is the National bird of Honduras. Like most Psttacids the Scarlet Macaw is long lived, 30-50 years. Photographed this Macaw eating the fruits of the Tropical Almond also known as the West Indian Almond (Terminalia catappa: Combretaceae) along the beach at Trcoles, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. There was a group of about 16 birds that were aware of us but our presence took back seat to eating almonds. Sandy beach lined with Tropical Almond and palm trees at sea level. Sexes similar.
Sandy beach lined with Tropical Almond and palm trees at sea level.
Trcoles, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Date taken
March 2007
Scientific name
Ara macao
Equipment used
Canon 30D with a Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens at 300 mm. Shutter speed 1/250 with flash, f/5.6.
Exceptional closeup of these magnificent birds. I had a parrot as a pet many years ago and he did some incredible things.
Great shot Stan, when I was there we had 19 in Carara but they were all in the treetops, had none on the beach trees so my shot is not as good as yours.

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Central & South America & Mexico
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