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Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-06 13:13
Viewed: 3269
Points: 4
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Hyacinth Macaw
Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
Also known as the Blue Macaw

An endangered species!!!

Native to central and eastern South America, the Hyacinth Macaw or Hyacinthine Macaw, is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species in the world.

The Hyacinth Macaw is an endangered species due to overcollection for the cage bird trade and habitat loss. Annual grass fires set by farmers can destroy nest trees, and regions previously inhabited by this macaw are now unsuitable due to cattle-ranching, hydroelectric power schemes, agriculture and plantations. Locally, it has been hunted for food, and the Kayapo Indians of Gorotire in south-central Brazil use its feathers to make headdresses and other baubles. While overall greatly reduced in numbers, it remains locally common in the Brazilian Pantanal, where a specific program, the Hyacinth Macaw Project, among others involving artificial nests and awareness campaigns, has been initiated by several ecolodges, and many ranch-owners now protect the macaws on their land.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-06 13:31]

Hello Manyee,
Excellent sharp detailed portrait of this Hyacinth Macaw. I did some inquiry at their nests in the Pantanal in Brasil a few years ago.
Beautiful natural colours against the dark contrasting BG.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-06-09 15:00]

Hello Manyee,
Fantastic close-up shot showing exceptional detail and gorgeous vivid colors. I would hate to get my finger in the way of that powerful looking beak. I would imagine you could loose a finger pretty easily. Love the composition and good DOF. Great work!!

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