Hyacinth Macaw

Deep blue plumage offset by the yellow chin and eye patches, large size, a long tail, and long, narrow wings identify this species, which is the largest of all the parrots. It almost always occurs in pairs, which fly closely together. Groups of pairs or small family parties form small flocks. Hyacinth Macaws are often seen in palm groves. They are also seen in more open areas and swamps with some tall trees, anil in forests along watercourses. The diet includes palm nuts and other nuts, seeds, and fruits. Birds call loudly in flight, with a harsh screech, and if alarmed take refuge in the highest branches of trees.

• NKST A large, unlincd cavity in a tree trunk.

• DISTRIBUTION Bolivia and Brazil.

• KKMAKK This species is threatened in the wild owing to trapping for the pet trade, but it is still locally common in some areas.

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Sun Parakeet

With its vivid, golden-orange head and neck, green wings, and scarlet belly, the Sun Parakeet is the most eye catching of the smaller South American parrots. Juveniles have more green in their plumage and stand out less among the tree foliage. This is a relatively uncommon species, numerous only in certain areas in hot, lowland country. Habitats include open forest, savanna (tropical grassland) with scattered trees, and palm groves. Sun Parakeets usually occur in small parties, but tend to congregate in larger numbers where food is abundant. The birds feed on larger fruits, particularly figs, and also on berries, nuts, seeds, antl probably on tree blossoms. Feeding takes place almost entirely in the trees, where (locks arc seen clambering among the twigs. The birds are made even more noticeable by shrill, two-syllable shrieks, which they freque utter either when they are in the trees or during flight. The flight is rapid and direct.

• Distribution s.k. Venezuela, distribution the Guianas, and N.E. Brazil.

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