There were quite a few interesting parrots, however, the rarest of which was a Glaucous Macaw. It was the first time I had seen an example of this very rare bird. It had, I was given to understand, been in the collection for over 20 years and was known to be over forty five years of age. Although its plumage was in very good condition, the bird was evidently suffering from senile decay.
(Website editor note: there has been some discussion in recent times about whether this bird was really a Glaucous Macaw. I have been sent a very old picture accompanying a newspaper article of the time by Claudio Bertonatti from the Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina in Buenos Aires. I have little doubt that the macaw pictured is a Hyacinthine Macaw, although very senile.)
Saturday 13th April 2019
I have been made aware of an organisation - Jardins da Arara de lear - set up in Brazil to solve the problem of the lack of licuri plams, which used to provide much of the natural diet of Lear's Macaws in the wild. As regular visitors to the ... Read More »
" Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret "
( If you drive out nature with a pitchfork, she will soon find a way back)
Horace (65-8 BC)