This breed of parrots — composed of parrots, parrots, parrots and others — see them fly quietly through some areas of the eastern capital, drawing the attention of experts and newcomers to Venezuela.
Contrasted at first glance is the hustle and bustle of the horns of buses, cars and motorcycles crowding the main streets and their peaceful flight dominating the sky compared to other species.
The most common version of their arrival in the city, although no one knows exactly when it happened, was that they arrived as a result of the illegal bird trade and that they were able to escape from the place where they were being kept by the collectors.
Outside of their natural habitat, they now share space with the residents of Caracas and are fed bananas, biscuits, bread, creams and milk from the balconies and windows of tall buildings…nothing with the seeds, fruits and nuts related to his , their nature.
Researchers estimate there were about 400 macaws in the Venezuelan capital last year, a higher density than in their natural environment, where species of their kind are declining, while others are already extinct.
The most common specimens in Caracas, by their colorful size, between 70 and 75 centimeters, show the colors blue and yellow (Ara araurana), red and green (Ara chloropterus), yellow, blue and red (Ara macao) and other smaller ones, of greens Plumage and wings full of red and blue lightning (Ara severus).
With tales going back centuries, parrots became popular after Christopher Columbus arrived in America: the admiral extracted these species to bring to Europe as prey, including parrots and macaws.
Historiography acknowledges that the native peoples of Venezuela kept them as pets before the arrival of the Genoese and later made them sentinels to warn of the presence of invaders with their typical garrir (shouting), although they say they knew about 30 words can recognize and live up to 50 years.
(taken from orb)