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(Ara militaris)

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Military Macaw 1

 

   Two Military Macaws fly down Sabino Canyon after feeding their chick in

    their cliff-face nest cavity. The Sabino Canyon cliff faces are 750 feet high

    (240 meters) and 250-300 feet (130 meters) apart.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 2

 

   A Military Macaw preens in a the shade of a Cuajiote Rojo Tree

    (Bursera morelensis) to avoid the mid-day heat.

  

       

 

 

Military Macaw 3

 

   

    Looking east down Sabino Canyon from one of the cliff-edge view points.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 4

 

   A pair of Military Macaws bank steeply to negotiate between the narrow

    cliff faces of Sabino Canyon and fly into their nest. The Sabino Canyon

    cliff faces are 750 feet high (240 meters) and 250-300 feet (130 meters) apart.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 5

 

               A pair of Military Macaws at the entrance to their cliff-face nest cavity

                   about 600 feet (200 meters) above the bottom of Sabino Canyon. They

                   have finished feeding their chick and are now surveying the canyon

                   below and above.

 

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 6

 

   

    

    A pair of Military Macaws fly in formation above Sabino Canyon.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 7

 

   

    A Military Macaw greets its mate as it lands at their nest cavity

     entrance in Sabino Canyon.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 8

   

  

    This panorama shows the natural habitat and range of the Sabino

    Canyon Military Macaw population.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 9

 

   

    The habitat of the Sabino population of the Military Macaws in the

    foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

  

       

 

Military Macaw 10

 

 

     Hiking through the habitat of the Sabino population of the Military

    Macaws in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 11

 

   

    Two Military Macaws rest in a Cuajiote Rojo Tree (Bursera morelensis)

    hanging over the cliffs into Sabino Canyon

 

 

 

Military Macaw 12

 

   

    Two Military Macaws "buzz" the canyon.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 13

 

   

   A mated pair of adult Military Macaws. The male feeds his mate.

    She then returns to their nest to feed their chick.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 14

 

   

    A Military Macaw banks steeply to catch up with his mate during

    a display of aerial acrobatics.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 15

   

  

    A Military Macaw launches from the entrance to leave its cliff nest cavity.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw16

 

               An early morning view of the east entrance to Sabino Canyon. At

                   daybreak all 100 macaws fly below the viewpoint, down the canyon

                   to the east, and through the narrow vertical slot in the

                   background...screaming and calling all the way.

  

       

 

 

Military Macaw 17

 

   The west end entrance to Sabino Canyon. The entire canyon and

    nesting/roosting area  is only about 1 mile long from east to west.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw18

 

   

    The hike through Macaw habitat down into the west entrance to Sabino Canyon.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 19

 

   

 

                 A vertical panoramic view of Sabino Canyon and the nesting cliffs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 20

 

   

    After the long hot hike down into Sabino Canyon, a refreshing dip with a natural waterfall.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 21

 

   

    The view of the nesting cliffs from below.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 22

   

  

    A speedy flyby of two Military Macaws.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 23

 

   

    The landing and approach of a Military Macaw pair to

    the entrance of their nest cavity to feed their chick.

  

       

 

Military Macaw 24

 

   

 

                Four Military Macaws rest in the mid-day heat above the canyon edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 25

 

   

    Another fast flyby a mated pair return to their nest.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 26

 

   

    Two Military Macaws rest on a favorite perch above their nest cavity.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 27

 

   

    A beautiful pair of Military macaws glide through the canyon.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 28

 

   

            A male Military stands guard as his mate is within their nest cavity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 29

   

   Two Military Macaws guard their nest cavity.

 

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 30

 

   Two Military Macaws scrape and eat dirt from along a

    vein about one-half way up the cliff face.

  

       

 

 

Military Macaw 31

 

   Three Military Macaws scrape and eat dirt from along a

    vein about one-half way up the cliff face.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 32

 

   Military Macaw acrobatics.

 

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 33

 

   

    Two Military Macaws returning to their cliff-face nest cavities.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 34

 

   

    A Military Macaw launches from his nest cavity into the canyon below.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 35

 

   

   A Military Macaw at his nest cavity entrance.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 36

   

  

    Two Military Macaws completely camouflaged as they roost

    in a Cuajiote Rojo Tree (Bursera morelensis).

 

 

 

Military Macaw 37

 

   

    The Flor De Mayo (Plumeria rubra) is one of the favorite

    roosting trees of the Military Macaws in Sabino Canyon.

  

       

 

Military Macaw 38

 

   

    Military Macaw researchers conduct a phenology study of

    the Military Macaw habitat.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 39

 

   

    A group of Coatis explore the upper edge of the cliff faces

    at Sabino Canyon.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 40

 

   

    A view of the upper cliff face with two visible nest cavities.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 41

 

    The Community Governmental Center of San Pedro Jocotipac,

    the native Mixtec Indian community that owns Sabino Canyon.

 

 

 

 

Military Macaw 42

 

   

   The first conservation oriented meeting to discuss the future

    of the Sabino Canyon Military Macaws.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 43

   

  

    Participants in the first conservation oriented meeting to

    discuss the future of the Sabino Canyon Military Macaws.

 

 

 

Military Macaw 44

 

   

    The sun rises over Sabino Canyon, home of the largest

    known population of Military Macaws in the world.

  

       

 

 

 

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