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Introduction to our new behavioural study on the Scarlet Macaws!

Observing the Scarlet Macaws’ natural behaviour is very important to understanding more about this incredible species. We here at Asomacao want to know as much as possible to ensure that we are giving the macaws in our care the best chance to thrive when we reintroduce them into the wild. It is equally important to ensure that those macaws that unfortunately cannot be reintroduced, and must remain in our care, are given every opportunity to express all the behaviours they would in the wild so they can truly be macaws. So, we have designed a new behavioural study that will allow us to observe and compare the behaviour of the macaws in captivity at GAIA, the free flying macaws that still use the supplementary feeders around the reserve and the truly wild macaws we observe daily on our surveys around Quepos and Manuel Antonio.

We’re hoping to learn lots of new, exciting information about the macaws behaviour day to day, where they nest, where they roost overnight and how they interact socially with one another and with other species. This will hopefully also help us to successfully rehabilitate and release even more Scarlet Macaws back into the wild where they belong and to improve conservation efforts for the current wild population. We will keep you updated with any new, interesting discoveries and conservation efforts.