Green Winged Macaws have green feathers on their wings and red feathers on their faces. They are red, green and blue, and live in South America.
Scarlet Macaws are red, yellow and and blue, with white faces.
Scarlets live in South and Central America and Mexico.
I was amazed to come upon this friendly scarlet in Costa Rica.
I couldn’t figure out why he was performing for me, until his mate turned up, and I realized they were feeding their chick in a nest in the hollow of this tree.
I have never seen nesting wild macaws so this was quite a thrill!
Macaw populations are scattered in the wild and rare to find.
Their numbers have been decimated by habitat destruction and the pet parrot trade.
Macaws are highly intelligent and mate for life.
Cheers to you from the incredible Macaws~
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I have run out of adjective. Really…your photographs are so incredible, what’s left to say except thank you.
Awww. You are such an awesome friend! Thank you & cheers <3 🐦
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Thank you, they are gorgeous creatures <3 🐦
Their bright colours are probably partly responsible for their decline. It breaks my heart to see vendors with birds in cages, swinging them around, hoping some tourist will buy them at a border stop. Your photos are really wonderful, Cindy.
Yes, it is heartbreaking. We are a destructive species. Seeing them in the wild is such a different experience. Their intelligence and happiness shines through. <3 🐦
I hope we can protect those that are left.
I share your hope.
Such gorgeous colour Cindy.
Aren’t they stunning creatures! <3 🐦
Almost as bright and cheerful as my new red shoes, Cindy.
These portraits are joyous. As with all your images, your love of nature shows.
We are an inescapable part of nature and I am comforted by the wilderness and her creatures. Thank you for knowing <3 🐦
I feel like doing the tango or is it the cha cha cha!! Love red – and I love your photos and blog! Hugs!
Hugs & cheers back to you Rebecca <3 🐦
Such a magnificent bird…and captured beautifully by you!!
Thank you very much on both counts <3 🐦
Beautiful and special creatures, Cindy, thanks for the glimpse!
They are just amazing, so playful and curious and intelligent <3 🐦
Your photographs are exquisite and I am so pleased you were able to see these birds in the wild.
I feel exactly the same about your photos and the wild creatures you capture <3 🐦
Beautiful photos Cindy! They are so colourful! 🙂
Aren’t they amazing! Mother Nature is a virtuoso <3 🐦
Thank you for sharing these beautiful macaws!
Wonderful color and fantastic photographs. Love it !!!
So kind & so appreciated! Cheers to you <3 🐦
How exciting! They are gorgeous, and your images are wonderful.
It is so amazing to find them. You can hear their distinctive squawking in the canopy, and you get a crick in your neck looking up, but when you finally spot them, WOW! <3 🐦
What vivid birds. Smart and lovely, just like the photographer.
Awwww, cheers to you sweet friend <3 🐦
Such beautiful colors – I can’t imagine coming up on a nesting pair and seeing them up close. Great pictures!
It is a transfixing experience <3 🐦
wow, these are so beautiful and the shots are amazing. so hard to think they are just out there flying around
So far, on this trip, I have seen six. Each an absolute thrill <3 🐦
I recently saw a “rescued” bird at a wildlife preserve in the Caribbean. It had been a pet. It is so much nicer to see your beautiful photos of them living free.
In captivity they often pluck out their feathers one by one, leaving themselves bald. It is sad to see how miserable many of them are <3 🐦
That macaw has a lot of personality, and very colorful.
Isn’t he wonderful. Funny and curious and free, the way he ought to be 🐦
I love these colourful macaws with their almost acrobatic skills. Great bird photos, Cindy!
Thank you Peter. He cracked me up when he flipped upside down to look at me! Maybe I look better that way 😉
Fantastic Photos Cindy. Yes, MaCaws in the wild are hard to find these days. Hope you are enjoying your time in Costa Rica. Almost moved there a few years ago. We worked with so many realtors looking at places all over the country, but just never found that perfect home and location with everything we wanted at that time, so we put in on the back burner. Things happen for a reason I guess. Never though Terry would develop cancer and pass away a few years later.
Oh, this gives me goosebumps Gary. I can well understand why you would want to move here. It is so incredibly beautiful <3
They are beautiful creatures.. I did not know they are different kinds and different by colors too. Beautiful pictures of them!
I think the all blue hyacinth macaw may be the largest and one of the most endangered. I would so love to see one in the wild. They are exquisite.
They are very smart! When I bought my cockatoo, I was shocked by how long big birds live. I can’t wait to hear about your trip.
I have read of macaw females raising young at the age of 68! 🐦
That’s one busy mamma!
Bird parents are so incredibly devoted <3
Stunning! Beautiful creatures.
I <3 people who <3 🐦🐦🐦
Gorgeous birds, colors, and photos! Are you homeward bound now?
Not, yet, but we are back in contact, which makes the whole world feel like home. Hope all is well with you and your family <3
An extraordinary series of this colorful bird. Congratulations, Cindy. .
Thank you for your kind appreciation <3
That is one helluva beautiful creature! WOW, lucky you! Bad humans for decimating habitat and making pets! Honestly, often it is an embarrassment to be homo sapien.
It is definitely embarrassing to be a human, but then one has to remember the positive impacts of people like you <3
Lol! you are adorable. We move forward! <3
We do, us two <3 <3
This is beautiful! Macaws are one of my favorite birds <333
They are so amazing in so many ways 🐦
OMG, Cindy…how in the world do you ever capture such unbelievable images – and great narrative to go along with them. This post was awesome as usual.
You are a very kind friend <3 🐦
What a thrill to capture this gorgeous bird and his mate. Thank you, Cindy for this special series. 🙂 <3
Thank you more Amy for your kind appreciation 🐦
A nest! What an exciting find. I remember the dawn to dusk raucous sounds of wild parrots in the Yucatan – so loud!
I love that sound! I was there in 1972 as a kid. When were you?
1979 – before all the tourist facilities, which I understand are now everywhere. I wonder if the wildlife is still as abundant?
I doubt it. My daughter was there about ten years ago I saw fotos that were unrecognizable.
I guess that’s why they say you can never ‘go back.’ I think I’d be in shock.
Thank you John & cheers! 🐦 <3
Stunning birds!! Nature’s beauty! ❤️
Mother Nature loves to rock the 🐦🐦🐦!
Muchos gracias <3 🐦
These are very beautiful birds. Thank you Cindy for posting these photos. 🙂
Thank you more my friend for appreciating them <3 🐦
What magnificent creatures! Such beauty must stay wild. (Take only photographs, as the saying goes!)
Amen! Thank you Liz <3 🐦
These photos are breathtaking! What a wonderful experience to see them and share with us. 🙂
Awww, I <3 my friends who <3 the 🐦🐦🐦!
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I am so grateful for you and your tireless advocacy Sharon <3
Unbelievably beautiful! <3
Thank you Linda. I was just marveling at your geometric tree!
Happy you enjoyed & cheers to you Bette <3
<3 🐦 <3
What a beautiful, colorful bird!
Mother Nature rocks her palette with the parrots <3 🐦
Cindy, thank you for these wonderful photographs!
Muchos gracias mi amigo 🐦
Oh my goodness, the clarity of your photos makes the color of the bird shoot off the page!
Ahhhh, thank you so much & cheers <3 🐦
my pleasure. 🙂
Wow! Big collors and big shot. Good vibes from Brazil.
Lucky you! You have these beauties in gorgeous Brazil <3 🐦
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Here are more lovely photographs from Cindy Knoke!
Cheers to you Charles. I am most grateful for your thoughtfulness <3 🐦
You are very welcome, Cindy!
Unbelievable! Both photographs and adventure!!
Ahhh, so nice & so appreciated. Cheers to you!
Great photos of a beautiful bird!
Much appreciated Margaret <3
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Stunningly beautiful green-winged & Scarlet Macaws from South and Central America and Mexico. These are pictures taken by Cindy Knoke.
Love to you sweet lady <3
You made my day.
You just made mine <3
Cheers Cindy, thanks for sharing your wonderful experience, long may their habitat sustain them.
Amen & thank you <3
I love these shiny feathers
Aren’t they gorgeous!
Your posts always cheer me. Beautiful bird, beautiful pictures. Thank you!
Your kind comment cheered me <3
Cindy, I was about to write, what are you paying them to pose for you … when you mentioned the nest! How amazing to see these glorious birds so close, and you’ve brought their wonder into our homes through these stunning images. Thank you so much … uplifting (apart from the sad fact that they are sadly in decline).
What a thoughtful and motivating comment. You make me happy I posted Annika. Thank you ,3
wow, so beautiful colours made by nature 🙂
Mother Nature rocks the parrot colors <3
I rarely see pictures of these parrots. Thank you for this post about parrots. In Poland, I do not have the opportunity to see how they feed the young.
I am happy you enjoyed them. I have never seen them feeding a chick either. Wonderful <3
FANTASTIC PHOTOGRAPHS CINDY, CHINA
Thank you my friend & cheers!
I thought that upside down one was quite a show-off until I realised he was doing something practical!
Practical and affords one a novel perspective, plus it’s probably good for the circulation! 😉
Beautiful Macaws and pictures, thank you for sharing 🙂
Thank you more for appreciating the birds <3
Thank you Derrick <3
oh, wie schön ist das denn, liebe Cindy, ich hoffe, du bist nicht auf einen Aprilscherz reingefallen?
Ich fürchte, ich habe es getan, aber es war eigentlich kein Witz. Der United States Postal Service hat mir gerade $ 51,00 berechnet, um zwei Briefe über Nacht zu verschicken. Nur die Regierung kann so etwas leisten! 😉 😉
nee, nicht wirklich, oder?
Ja wirklich! Wahr. <3
Oh, the pictures are just adorable 🙂
Ahhh, thank you so much <3
Macaws are so colorful and vibrant!
They are amazing. They live long lives, and some parent into their sixties. They have very powerful beaks that can generate a pressure up to 2,000+ psi (pounds per square inch). Humans average a bite force of around 150 psi. They are capable of crushing or opening the hardest nuts. They can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour in flight.
That’s amazing! I think that its really cool how they can produce that much physical force with just their beaks.
It is amazing when you think of how little leverage they have.
Cindy, what a riot of color. Just let me know if you need someone to carry your bags en route… 😉 ❤
I would so love to travel with you Lea <3
Thank you Cindy. You are so kind. <3
So are you sweet colleague and friend <3
Amazing capture, Cindy!
Muchos gracias Susan <3
Amazingly beautiful birds. And how wonderful to a pair nesting up close!
It was so captivating and wonderful!
Wow! How amazing to see that live. I love when wildlife “poses” for you.
I love it when they pose too. They are so perceptive. <3
What beauties! You’re lucky to see them uncaged. I didn’t realize they mate for life!
Many birds mate for life, something many humans can’t begin to master!
So beautiful birds and so lucky that you got to see them in the wild. xxx
I agree with both of your points & send you cheers <3
What a wonderful experience. How beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I learned something today.
I always learn something from Cindy’s photo essays!
I do, too!
Awwww, thank you. Makes me happy <3
You sweet lady! Thank you & cheers too <3
You make me happy I posted <3
I love, love, love your sharings!
Visa versa 2UX2 <3
Magnificent color Cindy. Amazing creatures. 🙂
Cheers to you and they are amazing <3
What a beautiful creature. I am glad that someone is speaking of its endangerment now. We need to become aware of how many creatures are also endangered because of the pet trade and other things in the ecology that are out of balance. Thank you kindly for sharing this.
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Thank you so much for supporting this incredible creatures <3
It is painful to watch this lovely bird. Lol… Too much colour! Beautiful!
Painfully delightful, I know!
They are weird and at the same time beautiful.
Yeah, weird is beautiful.
Oh LUCKY you! Such a beautiful bird to see in the wild.Usually I only see these guys domesticated living in a large cage!
Great shots Cindy!
And of course you can well imagine the difference. In a cage they are stunning and sad. In the wild they stop your <3
I always thought Ravens were the smartest bird but someone told me the African Grey is. It looks like all Parrots are very smart! Caging a smart animal is cruel especially just to appease our desires.
Scientists are finally studying bird intelligence. I wonder why it took them so long. I knew they were seriously smart when I was a little kid. Corvids, like ravens, have memories that put us to shame. Greys are just brilliant at learning languages. At least in captivity parrot species live. It bugs me so much that we are destroying their habitat, and ours.
more of us……less of them
And that sucks, doesn’t it.
it sure does and there isn’t a dam thing we can do about it.
And that sucks even more.
Vibrant and alive! Such vivid color, Cindy. :0)
They show us how beautiful unspoiled nature really is <3
They must have a sense of humor… 😀 😀 😀 Lovely!
There is no question about that. I am so glad you see this! <3
Sometimes I understand animals better than people… 😁🦉
Yes, people can be more duplicitous.
Yes heartbreakingly so <3
Macaws are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos, Cindy.
Thank you Lun. It is striking seeing them in captivity, but in the wild, they kinda stop your <3
Cool you were able to get that close (even with a 600mm). Surprising how big they are, isn’t it?
Actually 1200mm if I was at full zoom, and yes they are huge birds! Hyacinths are even bigger but I have never seen them in the wild as they are seriously endangered.
Thank you & happy you enjoyed!
Such joyful photos of this brilliant-colored species. Loved seeing the upside-down pose. Happy travels, Cindy. 🙂
Thank you Olga. He was really looking me over from every angle!! 😉
Keep the location of the nest secret! – Oscar
I am right with you Oscar. I always do with threatened wildlife. I know how fragile their existence is. Thank you for caring my friend.
So beautiful! Macaws are my daughter’s favorite birds.
Your daughter is smart.
herzliche Grüße an diesem schönen Tag von mir zu dir
Ahhhh, so nett und sehr geschätzt. Sei gut mein Freund. <3 <3
alles Gute und viele schöne Momente wünsche ich
viel Spaß dabei, danke, alles klar, alles gut
super, alles klar
Thank you & cheers too <3
Especially like the last 3 pics. What a display of color ! Is it silly to ask if you’re having a great time ? 👽green w/envy! 💚
So great to hear from you cuz. Always smile when I see it’s you. When I see wild critters every hassle of travel becomes worthwhile. Hugs to you Paul and be well. Spring is coming, so I know that is good for you <3 <3
Wow, wild macaws! I’ve only ever seen them in zoos.
About the pet trade, I can’t imagine keeping an animal as smart as a macaw in captivity. Surely it’d be lots of work for the human, and intolerable for the macaw?
Some people bond with the macaw and know what they are doing and they become close friends. But macaws live a very long time and most humans can’t care for them in their lifetimes, so they get passed around and traumatized with different owners. They are very large, powerful, gregarious, and intelligent birds. They live socially, mate for life. I think they should be protected in their natural environments, and their environments should be protected too.
Rainbows with beaks!
Yes, and personality! 🙂
Frida kahlo would loved him and painted him
Oh, my gosh. You are sooooo right!
Amazing photos again! You are the queen of photography espacially of animals! ❤👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Ahhhh, thank you so much. I so love the animals <3 <3
The animals know. That’s why they smile to you! 😊
You just made me smile!
They so are! Thank you <3
Wonderful pictures of the birds. You have so many wonderful pictures.
Thank you & Happy Saturday Jennie!
You’re welcome, Cindy. Happy weekend to you!
they’re saying? 🙂
Probably something like, “Look at that odd human. Why doesn’t she go away?”
Beautiful, Cindy! Their plummage is spectacular. Great shots!
Thank you Patti & I am happy you enjoyed them.
Gorgeous shots, Cindy but you had a great model. 🙂
I know. They make any photo beautiful! Hope you are well my friend.
I’m doing ok Cindy. A rough patch but we all have them. 🙂
Wonderful photos, the colours are so vibrant. If I were a bird I’d like to be a colourful one like a macaw.
You appreciate artistic beauty and Mother Nature rocks the beauty palette best! <3
Like a hooked-beak, clawed noisy rainbow – wonderful photos, Cindy
I love the sound of their auck-aucks high up in the canopy. I hear them before I can find them.
Wow. Your photos are really amazing. Thank You.
I am so sorry I missed your comment . Thank you more.
No problems. Have a good day!
U 2 <3
Awesome gallery, Cindy! 🙂
Merci beaucoup mon ami <3
Thank you & I am happy you enjoyed!
Glorious captures of this beautiful bird!!
Awww, thanks so much and happy Sunday!
Love to you Cynthia <3
They are truly amazing. Beautiful colors. Your photos are brilliant 🙂
You are very kind Anna, and so appreciated <3
You always make magnificent post on your blog 🙂
Very kind on you Anna, and most appreciated too. Thank you <3
Cindy, I am sure that was a real treat! I used to have a parrot and a cockateil. And when I did, there were a couple of wild Macaws that lived in that city then. They are gorgeous!
You take such awesome photos!
I would be thrilled out of my gord if there were wild macaws near me!
It was amazing for sure.
Very fine pictures of friends with very fine feathers.
Natural born beauties! <3
What a handsome fellow ! The upside-down move made me laugh and I was actually thinking, “Look at me, over here, look what I can do! ” Then, as you explained, he was drawing your attention away from his family, how brilliant ! <3 xK
It is so lovely to hear from you! Wild creatures often amaze with their intelligence and sentience <3
All of them beautiful from top of their head and beak to their pointy toes. 🙂
All creatures great and small, the Lord God made them all <3
Great shots Cindy ~ macaws are pretty awe inspiring to see, such a beautiful bird and you do them justice with your photos 🙂
Gracias Randall. Seeing them nesting in the wild is a major thrill!
So beautiful and endangered, Cindy! Thanks for bringing them to our attention. ❤
Ps, I’m trying hard to catch up on my reading!
Lovely to see you over here & thanks much <3
Beautiful photos! This year, when my husband and I were in Costa Rica, we finally saw scarlet macaws. It was exciting to see them!
It is an incredible experience isn’t it! So glad you had the opportunity to experience this <3
How exciting and fabulous captures, Cindy.
Much appreciated Susan & thank you! დ