Scarlet Macaws

According to our excellent guide in Carera National Forest, Victor Mora Chaves,  the population of scarlet, or red-breasted, macaws in the wild was down to about 80 in Costa Rica a decade ago because of rampant poaching. Stricter laws and a government awareness campaign among school children is working;  there are now estimated to be about 500. These macaws mate for life, Victor says, and when one dies, the other soon follows. Their normal life span is around 75 years.


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