Macaws of the Peruvian Amazon

January 2004
Earthwatch Institute Journal;Jan2004, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p47
This article focuses on macaws of Peru. These brilliant, long-tailed parrots of Neotropical forests are threatened both by forest clearing and by poaching for the pet trade, where they fetch thousands of dollars or die in transit. Poachers take the birds by cutting down their nesting trees for chicks and by lurking at clay licks, where macaws and parrots of as many as 17 different species congregate by the hundreds. Researcher Donald Brightsmith is part of an international research team approaching the problem on all fronts to mitigate the impacts of ecotourism and ensure the long-term conservation of macaws and their habitats.


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