These Scarlet macaws (Ara macao cyanoptera) were photographed at Redbank, a remote Mayan village in southern Belize. The central American scarlet macaw has declined rapidly over the last couple of decades and as recent as 1989, the reported Belizean population of Scarlet Macaws
was a total of only 24 birds. But in 1996, a new population of over 100
birds was "discovered" at Redbank village. The Mayan villagers previously ate the birds, and were surprised when they were told by conservationists that they had been slaughtering an endangered species! Conservation work should hopefully help this species to increase in range and population soon.