“PARROTING” CAN BE A GOOD THING
Updated: Jun 12, 2020
We recently had an encounter with some amazing birds while getting a flat tire repaired on our car! The Tire Man in Agoura is known as home to three exotic Macaw Parrots. Their raucous squawking and chattering immediately drew our attention. Just in the short time of observing these colorful creatures we could already get a glimpse of the very social and intelligent lives that these large tropical birds lead. Not only that but as soon as Alex pulled out the camera to snap a few photos the parrots appeared to ruffle their feathers and pose for their photos!These birds are native to Mexico, Central and South America and their bright plumage actually helps to conceal them in their native habitat. Not only are these some of the largest and most colorful members of the parrot family but they are also incredibly long lived and can live on average 60 years in the wild! Their diet consists of nuts and seeds using their tough and powerful beaks to easily crack shells and tear open fruit. Some of the flocks will
range as far as 62 miles in the wild searching for food throughout the rain forest.
As we noticed at the Tire Man, these birds are often even more social and talkative in the wild. Flocks (or groups of Macaws) can be up to thirty individuals that roost, fly, squawk and scream together. Most often these birds will claim their territory through their communication and will identify one another based upon their calls as well. Their social and communication skills don’t stop there. Some macaws have even been known to mimic human speech but more frequently they communicate with other members of their flock or their mate. Macaws are known to mate for life and to divide the responsibilities of parenthood and life. Their incredible care for one another can be seen in their food sharing, their enjoyment of grooming one another, their shared tasks of breeding baby Macaws and in many other ways.
Curious about this curious bird? Check out these links to learn more!