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from birds in brazil: a natural history

Having learned what it takes for a Louisiana resident to get a visa to visit Brazil, I'm forced to conclude that they don't want me to visit. So I won't be going any time soon. Be that as it may, let's take a peek into Helmut Sick's huge 1993 masterwork from the Princeton University Press. He rates the Peachfronted Conure as "one of our best-known and most abundant psittacids," so it's definitely a place I would like to visit if they ever liberalize the tourism laws.

Here he provides some hints here and there to how Peachfronted Conures exploit termites:

  • "In the cerrado of Minas Gerais a flock of Aratinga aurea was seen catching winged termites on the ground as they came out of a terrestrial termite nest; possibly the parakeets had had contact with termites when they excavated their nest in an arboreal termite nest..."
  • "Aratinga aurea excavates its nesting holes especially in nests of the termite Constrictotermes cyphergaster."

Hey, choosy Peachfronts know what they like, and they're sticking with the plan.

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