Tambopata Birding Macaw Clay Lick 4 days: The research has also revealed how large macaws show niche-separation in terms of nest site selection. Blueand-yellow macaw show preference for aguaje palm (Mauritia flexuosa) and red-and-green macaw (Ara chloropterus) for ironwood trees (hardwoods), whereas scarlet macaw appear to be more flexible in their choice of nesting sites.
This information has implications for determining the effects of logging and other types of habitat degradation on macaw reproduction rates, and provides evidence of the need for conservation of these tree species. Tambopata Birding Macaw Clay Lick 4 days / 3 nights
Tambopata Birds Macaw Clay Lick 3 days: As major seed predators, macaws and other parrots are engaged in an “evolutionary race” with plant species, which have developed a protection mechanism where their seeds contain chemical defences – toxins that are either distasteful or harmful to birds that eat them. Macaws engage in geophagy (eating soil) as a way to counter these toxins. Geophagy occurs at clay licks – special deposits of clay found along riverbanks – where macaws and parrots gather in large numbers to consume clay, which is high in sodium. The Tambopata National Reserve is a nationally protected area of tropical lowland forest in the Peruvian Amazon.
The Reserve was created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo Rivers, and surrounding rainforest. The world’s largest clay lick, Colpa Colorado, is found here among the many clay licks of the Tambopata River. Almost 5,000 people inhabit the Reserve, making a living from slash and burn agriculture, small-scale gold mining, timber extraction, hunting and fishing, all of which threaten the forest and its biodiversity. A network of organisations and communities exist within the Reserve, with the aim of preserving biodiversity by improving awareness of the value of leaving the forest standing.
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Tambopata Birds Macaw Clay Lick 3 days
Birding at Saona Lodge in Peru – Tambopata Puerto Maldonado – 6 days / 5 nights
Birding in Las Piedras – Tambopata Puerto Maldonado 10 days / 9 nights
Birding in Cusco – QuinceMil – Tambopata Puerto Maldonado: Our Birding Trips provide to the budget birders with a fantastic opportunity for observing the highlights of this Peru country with incredible birds and wildlife of the jungle. On this Tour we will visit QuinceMil, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata area and Manu Biosphere Reserve, all of which hold an exceptional diversity of endemic birds of the jungle peruvian.