A pair of Scarlett Macaw being lovey dovey
I spent 8 hours watching these love birds one day while working with the Scarlet Six Biomonitoring crew. They (the birds, not the crew ;) spent an awful lot of time "french kissing" ... Charles Britt says it probably was the male feeding the female, I like to think they were in love ... they are perched above the nesting hole ... usually one was inside minding the chicks/eggs, but occasionally they both came out and groomed each other. When one flew off, the other would crouch inside the nest, with its head resting on the rim - with an almost sad look. When the partner reappeared, they both put up such a raucous call to each other as if they were overjoyed to see each other ... OK, enough anthropomorphizing ... Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Belize.
These are some of the smartest and long lived (60 to 100 years) birds in the world, and couples stay together for life!
Photograph by Tony Rath
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