Scarlet Macaw Nestcam
In here are Scarlet Macaws ‘Aloysius’ and ‘Zorro’. They have turned out to be a very compatible pair – soon after being introduced in 2015 they raised their raised their two first young. Their most recent chick fledged in January 2017. The pair quickly started to spend time in the nest box again and produced just one egg, rather than the usual two or three. After a couple of weeks they abandoned it so something seems to have been wrong this time but we do expect that they will lay again in due course.
Wild populations of these magnificent birds, like many parrots, have declined because of capture for the pet trade and habitat loss. They are now protected by international law.
Most Scarlet Macaws are found across a large region of South America, with a small population in a region stretching from south Mexico to Panama. The World Parrot Trust is working with organisations which release captive-bred birds into areas where there is good habitat.
Read about the species on the World Parrot Trust website here: https://www.parrots.org/projects/scarlet-macaw