Chestnut-fronted Macaws are known as mini macaws. They are frequently heard and often seen flying as a group in Kabalebo and they are also great in being one with nature.
Chestnut-fronted Macaws have been one of the most difficult ones to photograph. Not because they are rare, shy or too fast but because they are so great to stay under the radar due to their green plumage. In flight it is a piece of cake to identify them, but the moment they stop for food, is the moment the next task starts: try to spot them.
They are known as mini macaws as they also have bare facial skins just like the Large Macaws. They also favor seeds, fruits and flowers to survive. As these items are found in abundance in Kabalebo these mini macaws feel right at home for many reasons:
- they live free in the wild
- no hunting
- enough food to share with the whole macaw family
- camouflage plumage
As these macaws already feel no pressure, they often like to chat in a group in the morning sun. I was lucky to have the sun on the right side too. They surely had something to discuss about, but didn't want me to be involved in their private conversation so they departed immediately. Just look at all the colors they reveal.
For this picture I had to look at least twice before 'finding' the Chestnut-fronted Macaw. A real master in disguise. Their camouflage is also their protection during their break.
Here you can clearly see the chestnut color right on top of his forehead.
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