Location: Amazon rainforest
- Military macaws get their name from their green plumage, which reminded someone of green military uniforms.
- They are not fully green though; they have blue flight feathers and a red bar around the face and a red lined tail.
- Military macaws live in large flocks.
- Like other macaws they are very vocal.
- Those large beaks are perfect for breaking open even the hardest nut.
- Military macaws live in higher elevations than most macaws.
- They nest at the tops of trees or on cliffs.
- Military macaws can live up to 65 years in the wild.
We had another high climb today. Whew! We are tired and ready to head back to the University for a few days! Watching the military macaws fly in their large flocks was worth the sore fluff- hehehe! These magnificent birds belong in the wild though. We know macaws are popular pets, but they are high maintenance and often are loud, stressed and can outlive their owners!