Scarlet Macaw Nestcam
Scarlet Macaws ‘Aloysius’ and ‘Zorro’ are a very compatible pair, they give us the opportunity to share the daily life of a breeding pair of parrots. It is a wonderful opportunity to observe them in their nest box interacting with each other and caring for their eggs then chicks as they grow.
From time to time, you may hear the sound of the aviary being cleaned or building work going on nearby, the macaws are used to this and it is normally for a very short time.
Update: September 2019 All three chicks have fledged the nest and are outside with their parents. They are fine young birds and we hope that when they are fully independent they will join the flock which flies free in the summer afternoon bird display 🙂
Wild populations of these magnificent birds, like many parrots, have declined because of capture for the pet trade and habitat loss. Due to their large natural range across many countries they are considered ‘Least Concern’ on the IUCN Red List but are protected from international trade by law.
The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is found across a large region of South America, with a small population in a region stretching from south Mexico to Panama. Paradise Park is home to the World Parrot Trust, which is working with organisations which release captive-bred birds into areas where there is good habitat including the Macaw Recovery Network in Costa Rica.
Read about this species on the World Parrot Trust website here