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Published on Thursday, November 18, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The green and scarlet macaw nesting season, which usually happens through the country but mainly on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, has park rangers developing a campaign for the protection of this species.

The green or scarlet macaw (Ara macao) are colorful parrots native to humid evergreen forests of the Neotropics from south-eastern Mexico to South America.

To protect this bird, the park rangers with the help of the traffic police have started preventive operations to inform the public about the importance of protecting species, especially the scarlet macaw, said the National System of Conservation Areas, Sinac, in its statement.

The macaw nesting is usually from December to June, laying the first egg in late January. The macaw lives mainly on the Central Pacific Coast and its nests are abundant in Guacalillo mangroves, Carara National Park, Jacó Beach, Herradura Beach, among many others.

The macaw is a species that is in danger of extinction, due to the looting of nests, and reduction of its habitat. Each year, the chicks are stolen from their nests and sold as pets, authorities say.

Park rangers receive reports of the use of this bird as a pet in communities along the Central Pacific Coast. People can report any suspicion of looting of nests or theft of chicks of this bird by calling the National System of Conservation Areas line 2522-6500.

Also, the Ministry of the Environment implemented the online complaint service to make it easy for the public to make complaints or reports of damage to the environment and fauna.

On that site, people should fill out a complaint form. Then, the system automatically assigns a case number. The results of the investigation will be notified to the complainant by email.

What have you heard about people keeping macaws as pets in your community?
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