Honduras: Copan Archaeological Site – More Scarlet Macaws

Scarlet macaw is the national bird of Honduras. Guacamaya roja, or scarlet macaw (Ara macao) is a large bird of over 30 inches (80 centimeters) long with extremely beautiful plumage of red, yellow, blue, orange. There were easily dozens if not more of them everywhere in the trees and even low branches. The macaw were poached to near extinction in Honduras about 20 years ago, when an American bought a plot of land next to Copan and open a macaw rehabilitation center for birds brought from captivity and pets, and releasing them in the wild on the territory of the archaeological site. Hundreds of birds are released every year and call the Copan ruins their home.