Yellow-naped Parrot

Yellow-naped Parrot, Macaw Mountain, Copan Ruins, Honduras.

For some reason it is hard for me to imagine the large parrots, mostly seen in zoos and cages, as free-flying, wild birds…but of course, on their home ranges, they all are. This Yellow-naped Parrot, or Yellow-naped Amazon, is a case in point. I had to ask my guide, Alex of Honduran Birds, if the parrot was native to the Copan Ruins area where we were seeing it…especially as we were on the grounds of a bird rehabilitation center that specializes in pet-trade rescue. He assured me that historically, the Yellow-naped Parrot has always nested in small numbers in the area, though it is more common in the Pacific Slope lowlands of Guatemala and El Salvador. This one was not banded, and was coming with other wild birds to the feeders at the coffee shop at Macaw Mountain Bird Center. Sony RX10iv at 400mm. Program mode. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 1600. Processed in Polarr. Note the unique cantilever feeders that allow the food to be swung out from the deck and human seating a good 12 feet.


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    Gerrit Haagsma June 4, 2018

    looks pretty smart

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      lightshedder June 5, 2018


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