Blue and Yellow Macaws checking out a chimney
These macaws have been free-flying in Kirkby Stephen for well over 25 years. They return at night to a place of safety. There is a charity trust fund which pays out up to £ 10,000 each year for damage done to chimneys. There are also Scarlet Macaws, the hybrid and some African parrots. Note the damage to the lead covering on the chimney to the left.
The blue-and-yellow macaw, also known as the blue-and-gold macaw, is a large South American parrot with blue top parts and yellow under parts. It is a member of the large group of neotropical parrots known as macaws. It inhabits forest and woodland of tropical South America.