MACAWS BREED EARLY
By Rafael Zamora Padrón (Scientific Director of Loro Parque Fundación)
At Loro Parque Fundación (LPF), breeding has started earlier this year. Most parrot species start their breeding season at the beginning of the year. This is the case of the Ara group, which includes the macaws that usually breed a little later, are laying their eggs in June/July.
Many breeding pairs have been incubating since April. Most of the eggs are fertile. Species such as the Green-winged Macaw Ara chloropterus already have fledglings. The Blue-throated Macaws are also hatching chicks.
To help the parents to raise a minimum of two chicks more effectively, we moved some hatchlings to the hand rearing station. This option always increases the possibilities of a good development.
Curator, Marcia Weinzettl, is achieving a similar breeding success in hand and parent rearing. Proof of her experience with the handling of South American parrot species is evident in the vigorous specimens and how early they are becoming independent.
A successful start to the breeding season for us at LPF!
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