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Blue and Yellow Macaw

Here, in the breeding centre, all is done for each species to be fine and to live and breed within the best conditions. Cages are adapted to each species or family. Vegetation covering two sides of the cages is adapted to bring more to parrot’s lives. Composed of nontoxic plants, it passes through the cage’s mesh while growing, and at this moment each occupant becomes his own gardener, chewing and nibbling at leaves and sticks and consuming the flowers. During the nesting period, the birds keep the whole foliage in order to hide the nest in the depth of the cage, behind a green protection. As soon as the young leave the nest, they chew and eat all within reach and the landscape changes again.
The ground is strewn with gravel of volcanic origin, used as temperature regulator. If the atmosphere becomes too dry, showers fixed at the top of the cages allow wetting this special substrate which stores the water and returns it into the cage in order to give the necessary humidity to these birds. In the same way, if temperature becomes too high, the parrots benefit from these showers to refresh them.
The areas where cages are aligned are protected by fine mesh nets having several functions. First, they avoid predator intrusions such as birds of prey, or other external birds which could bring diseases and parasites, and they also provide shade and temperature control. The place is well monitored day and night, but alas, thieves nevertheless manage to steal parrots, selected with precision according to sex and age. One could wax eloquent about the goal of these thieves...

Nikon D100
1/50s f/3.5 at 50.0mm full exif

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