We didn’t travel all the way to Peru’s remote Manu National Park area to miss visiting a clay lick. Even though parrots and macaws are found in other places around the world, it is only in the Amazon Basin where they come to the licks to eat clay – and sometimes in great numbers.
We had a wonderful buffet “picnic” breakfast on the observation platform while we waited – and then waited some more.
Why would the birds gather high in the trees and not fly down to the clay lick? Danny explained they sensed danger. While we waited, we spotted other birds from our observation point – smooth-billed ani, chestnut-eared aracari, lineated woodpecker, red-capped cardinals, and more.
We thought that any minute they would swoop down to the clay, but still, they were tentative.
Why do parrots and macaws eat clay in Peru and nowhere else? The latest studies suggest it’s due to a sodium-poor diet.
It was a long vigil, but we all celebrated a successful outing to Blanquillo clay lick. After all – for us – it was a once-in-a-lifetime show.
Note: Before our visit to Peru, we did lots of research and chose Manu Expeditions’ 9-day “THE COMPLETE MANU BIOSPHERE RESERVE EXPERIENCE.” http://www.ManuExpeditions.com
lovely love it love it love it……………. love the parrots
I missed seeing you at the reunion, but heard about your travel posts and knew I had to check them out. I did today and I was glad I had. Your photo of the parrots at the clay lick is amazing!
I look forward to checking out your earlier posts too.
Meg (Peggy) Gardner Fletcher
Impressive gathering – I would never have thought so many would fit into a photo!
It was really worth the wait to see this. Aren’t the birds beautiful!
Yes, loud colors and loud “voices”
I think that a bit of Maccaw training by the Peru tourist authorities is required.
We will put that in the suggestions box
Amazing photo of the parrots at the clay lick! I hope I get to see that on my Peru trip. Happy travelling!
Good luck! We Judy had to be patient and eventually they gathered.