A sampling of macaw footage collected primarily in Costa Rica and Brazil. Individual clips, in both HD and 4k, can be found at HDNatureFootage.net (contact us if you need help).
The various species of macaws are icons of the Central and South American jungles, forests, and savannas. The macaws are noticeable not only by their large size and flamboyent colors, but also by their loud calls. The loquacious birds compete with the howler monkey for creating the familar jungle sounds. Perhaps the best way to see a macaw is to find out what trees, and especially the fig trees, are producing fruit. Flocks of macaws will descent on the trees, using their bills to pry off the fruit and their feet to hold it while they peel away the hard husk. A second reliable way to see the birds is to find a nest cavity, although care should be used to to scare the birds while they are nesting. The video includes the blue hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), the red scarlet macaw (Ara macao), the great green macaw (Ara ambiguus), and the blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna) also known as the blue-and-gold macaw.