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Welcome to the Tambopata MacawCam

An insight of wild macaws in the rainforest

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Through the lens of the MacawCam we invite you to join the life of wild macaws in the forests of Tambopata, Peru.

Researchers from the Tambopata Macaw Project and the Wired Amazon Team have carefully placed remote cameras to gather information on behavior on how they get prepared for the breeding season.

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About MacawCam

After the successful HarpyCam placed at the Refugio Amazonas Tambopata lodge, we invite you to join the MacawCam, a series of monthly videos and blogs that will prepare us for 2018 bredding season.

This footage is part of the Tambopata Macaw project research.  Macaws have been studied at TRC since 1992, when Rainforest Expeditions founder, Eduardo Nycander , and a team of wildlife and forestry lovers, developed the first artificial nests to support breeding macaw populations in the area. Scarlet macaws are considered a Vulnerable species under the IUCN, with main threats coming from illegal wildlife trade, and, from habitat loss due to deforestation.

The blogs will be written by Juan Diego Shoobridge, Wired Amazon's Director

About the Tambopata Macaw Project

Since 1999, the Tambopata Macaw Project has monitored a total of 132 wild macaws including Scarlet Macaws nest in the forest around the Tambopata Research Center jungle lodge, in the lowlands of South Eastern Peru. The project started by Eduardo Nycander following by Donald Brightsmith. The project has been instrumental in determining the life history traits, behavior and chick development in Scarlet Macaws.

Before this this project began in 1989 the world knew very little about the behavior and development old large wild macaws. With almost 30 years of hard work, they have been able to discover so much about these species live, what they eat and how they interact. We have been able to contribute to their conservation and help other projects develop techniques to do the same .

What they do ?

Currently, they are focused on developing techniques to save baby Scarlet Macaw chicks. Their research shows that almost half of chicks die before fledging and that starvation is the main cause.

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About Macaws

Macaws are native to Central America and North America (only Mexico), South America, and formerly the Caribbean. Most species are associated with forests, especially rainforests, but others prefer woodland or savannah-like habitats.

*Source: Wikipedia

  • Larger beaks
  • Long tails
  • Light-coloured, medial (facial patch) areas distinguish macaws from other parrots.
  • Like other parrots, toucans and woodpeckers, are zygodactyl, having their first and fourth toes pointing backward.
The most outstanding in the Peruvian Amazon because of its colours are : Scarlet Macaws, Red and Green Macaws and Blue and Yellow Macaws. 

Scarlet Macaws

Usually lay between 2-4 eggs, but only 1 or 2 chicks survive to fledging age. Our trial studies suggest that if 3 chiskc hatch in one nest, the 3rd chick has a much higher chance of survival if is moved into a nest with no chicks, or only 1 chick. The new parents will adopt and care for the new chick, allowing it to reach maturity and fledge from the nest.

*Source: The Macaw Project

Tambopata Research Center

Blog: Why The Scarlet Macaw could be in trouble in the future?

The Macaws are the largest members from the Psittacidae family. This charismatic family includes macaws, parrots, parakeets and parrotlets. It is the most endangered bird family in the world. Nevertheless, the Scarlet Macaws are considered “Least concern” for the Red list of IUCN 

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Tambopata Macaw Project

The Macaw Project

Rainforest Expeditions and the Tambopata Macaw Project were born on the same year, one’s fate intertwined with the other. At first, the founders of RFE were the directors of the Tambopata Macaw Project, but as both expanded and evolved, the Tambopata Macaw Project found an adoptive father: Dr. Donald Brightsmith.