Honduran project returning macaws to wild


Fifteen hundred years ago, when the Mayan capital of Copán stood at its political apex, the surrounding jungle of what is today western Honduras brimmed with scarlet macaws. Mystics viewed the vividly colored birds as envoys sent by the gods, and artists incorporated macaw images into hundreds of the stone sculptures that still adorn the ruins of this once-mighty city. Unfortunately, the Mayans’ modern descendants haven’t treated macaws with the same veneration, despite attempts by the Honduran government to honor and protect the species (Ara macao) as this country’s national bird. A popular pet due to its large and splendidly colorful plumes, the scarlet macaw has been targeted for years by poachers who supply the black-market animal trade. On the Caribbean coast, macaws... [Log in to read more]

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