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Guacamaya Ara Macao Cyanoptera

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What makes a macaw nest important?

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Macaws are magnificent and colorful birds. They live in pairs and nest together. Furthermore, they do not abandon their chicks until they can fly. However, they lack a fundamental ability: macaws do not build nests.

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The macaw is a bird that seeks cracks or spaces in trees to turn them into their nests. Unfortunately, the combination of deforestation, poaching, and predators has complicated the situation of finding potential nest sites.

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With our program, we aim to provide them with a nest that meets their needs and also ensures them a secure area during their nesting season.

Learn how a macaw nest is built

It is essential to respect and protect the natural habitats of macaws to ensure they have access to suitable places for nesting and breeding. The conservation of these spaces is crucial for the survival of these beautiful birds in the wild.

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Site Selection

Macaws typically prefer tall and sturdy trees to build their nests. They look for trees that offer protection against predators and are sufficiently far from human activity to minimize disturbances. The ceiba tree is native to the area and meets these characteristics.

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Construction material

We seek to recreate the macaws' nests as similar as possible. We use logs from fallen trees (with SEMARNAT authorization) and sawdust to line the interior.

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Construction process

The selected trunk is split in half and cleaned to create a space inside it. A hole is drilled into one of the halves of the trunk, which will serve as an entrance. Then, the two halves are glued together, and the trunk is waterproofed to ensure its durability during the nesting season. Finally, it is covered with sawdust, and an artificial branch is installed at the nest's entrance. A finished nest weighs between 150-200 kg!

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Assembling a nest

Once the tree is selected and the nest is ready, it's time to place it. Our volunteers climb to no less than 20 meters in height—we've placed nests at 40 meters! We secure the nest, and if we're lucky, the macaw pairs will start to visit right away.

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Nest protection

We conduct constant monitoring of the placed nests to protect them from raiders. We have areas with motion-activated cameras, we conduct surveillance rounds, and we are in constant communication with nearby communities.

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Nest maintenance

Approximately 50% of the nests need to be replaced each year. There are several reasons for this, such as if the nest was used by another species like the woodpecker or if the rainy season had a greater impact than expected. The other 50% of the nests are refurbished without needing to be replaced.

The Process

Selected trunk

Trunk Process

Filling and sealing the nest

Levantamiento de nido

Raising the macaw nest

Occupation

nesting

Anidamiento

hatching

Flight of macaws

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Each sponsored nest is a step forward in our mission to ensure a safe future for macaws. Your contribution is essential!

Make your donation today and be part of the change we want to see in the world!

Help us protect and preserve our beautiful macaws and their natural environment. 

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