Nesting Great Green Macaws

From the intro to this short doc shot by my old friend Drew Irwin in Costa Rica’s La Selva Biological Station:

Experts have been puzzled about why the birds do not nest in the Sarapiquí region, where the habitat seems entirely appropriate. This species is considered highly endangered (CITES I), with only about 50 breeding pairs in Costa Rica and a total population of about 7,500 individuals.

In March 2010, La Selva invited Drew Irwin and his crew to La Selva to document the unusual occurrence of this pair Great Green Macaws nesting in the Sarapiqui region — the first time in the 40 year history of the biological station.

Check out the morning courtship sequence. As we all know, there’s nothing quite like morning courtship.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/12627983]

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  1. Drew Irwin says

    Thanks for the embed on Pirano Cafe.

    Mendoza, January 2011?

    Drew

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