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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Blue 'N Yellow Macaw Central Park's Zoo (Tuesday's Truths WK 158)

The photograph atop this entry, as well as the ones directly below, feature a Blue 'n Yellow Macaw spending time in his home.

The place where he/she lives is within the zoo in Central Park.

I met this particular parrot when I visited "his" digs and the digs of a number of other birds as well as other animals this past November.

According to a web-page for Animal Corner, "The Blue and Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as Blue-and-gold Macaw, is a member of the macaw group of parrots. The Blue and Yellow Macaws breed in the swampy tropical rainforests of South America from Panama south to Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. Although classed as ‘Least Concern’ by the IUCN, the Blue and Yellow Macaw is an endangered species in Trinidad."

In a number of my postings about the members of the fauna world whom I met at the zoo, I confess that my question is still this: If a given bird or any one who is a member of the animal is not threatened, why confine them to a zoo?

However, within my aforementioned entries, I concede — after hearing Jane Goodall's insightful remarks about zoos (which can be found in a video clip included my entries re the Central Park Zoo) — the experience of visiting a zoo could potentially raise awareness re needs of wildlife, the Rain Forest, and our environment.

On that note, I'll conclude by pointing you to my book series, Words In Our Beak, (pictured below) which I hope raises awareness about various song birds.


The stories are mostly set in a rooftop urban garden (mine) in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it.

These books have a goal to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. They are directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective.

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