The Odd Couple
Hyacinth Macaw and Scarlet Macaw, both native to South America - seen here at The National Aviary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
No laughing matter for these two, working their way through some very real power struggles - but I couldn't help see the humour in it, watching their shenanigans as they tried to outwit each other for top spot on the best branch.
The Hyacinth Macaw , or Hyacinthine Macaw, is a parrot native to central and eastern South America. With a length of about 100 cm it is longer than any other species of parrot. It is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species, though the flightless Kakapo of New Zealand can outweigh it at up to 3.5 kg. While generally easily recognized, it can be confused with the far rarer and smaller Lear's Macaw. Habitat loss and trapping wild birds for the pet trade has taken a heavy toll.. more