Bloedel Floral Conservatory - Part 5

Twenty-four hours later, I am back posting again. Not sure about you guys out there, but time sure goes by fast when you are working.

The sun came out midday today. What a nice treat. I had a nice walk around Harbour Green Park and took some photos, but I haven't got to them yet, so I will continue posting these macaw photos from Bloedel.

This is Art, the Blue-and-gold Macaw (Ara ararauna). They are native to South America, and they have a powerful beak for breaking nutshells and for climbing up and hanging from trees (??). It can exert 350+ pounds of pressure per square inch. Wow!

Blue-and-gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)
That's a beak I don't want the bird to bite me - I had barbets and shrikes biting me before and I am sure they don't hurt as much as this guy.

Blue-and-gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)
Sleeping time.

Art, the Blue-and-gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)
Don't like the photo session, eh?

And then this is a Red-winged Macaw (Ara chloropterus). There is Carmen and Maria in Bloedel, but I am not sure who is this. This species is "considered the most intelligent of all macaws and can blush...the white patches on their face can turn bright red if they get excited!" How interesting!

Red-winged Macaw (Ara chloropterus)

Red-winged Macaw (Ara chloropterus)
Another pretty bird!


Vicky said...

The macaws will actually set the point of their beak into the bark or a branch (or stump) of a tree and 'hang' while they bring their feet up to get a grip on the bark to climb higher. Carmen and Maria will do this occasionally on the tree next to their perch. In the wild, macaws have to forage for food and climb through dense canopy foliage to find fruit and nuts. It's fascinating to watch! Beautiful photos! Great work!

PSYL said...

That is an amazing adaptation - climb rather than fly through the rainforests! Thanks for sharing the fact, Vicky.

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