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Here’s looking at you . . . scarlet macaw

Scarlet Macaw

Marty’s photo of the day #1833: I feature this scarlet macaw photo in my new book “Endangered Edens,” and here’s some of the information about the bird I include in the pages:

Although not quite an endangered species, both the illegal pet trade and habitat fragmentation have reduced their numbers. Luckily for the parrots, they are a charismatic species, and the same appeal that spurs illegal pet trade demand also spurs counteraction with conservation and captive breeding-and-release programs. That may not be ideal for intelligent, long-lived birds like macaws, but it sure beats extinction.

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