Big Bird’s return

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The big red birds are back in Guanacaste.

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The Ara Project is re-introducing Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao) into Costa Rica, where populations that once covered 75% of the country had dwindled to almost nothing.  They’ve been breeding in Alejuela and releasing birds for almost 30 years.

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They’ve just released 17 of these giant birds from their new home near Punta Islita.  It’s just down the road from us,  They plan to release 17 more by 1 November.

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We’re ready with their favorite food, the Beach Almond.  We have lots of Almendro trees on our property at Casa Mango and Casa Papaya.

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Macaws are majestic, huge and red.  Between the 4 of us we took nearly 200 photos.  You just can’t help yourself.

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They’re loud, squawking constantly.  But it turns out they have language and names for each other.  They also understand their human-given names and come when called.

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What are they talking about?  “Food”.  Just “food”.

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They’re friendly and curious.

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A visit to the Ara Project is just $20.00/person.  Make a reservation at (506) 8730-0890 or
(506) 8662-2663.  Better yet, tours@thearaproject.org The Project director, Chris, says you’re guaranteed to see Macaws at 3:30PM, when they fly in from the forest to eat supper.  With lunch at the resort’s restaurant on the beach, the Ara Project makes a fabulous day trip.

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5 comments
  1. Roberta said:

    Very exciting. Great project. Will plan to make a day trip there next time.

  2. lavaeha said:

    Mostly just squirrels and Macaws eat them.

  3. Joseph said:

    Wow, such beautiful birds – and lots of them, too! :O)

    • lavaeha said:

      I’m watching for them every day now at Casa Mango and Casa Papaya. We have lots of Beach Almond trees.

      • Joseph said:

        Can you eat the almonds?

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