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wild peachfronted conure or peachfront parakeet nesting site

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Here a couple of photos of nest sites chosen by Peachfront Conures in Beni, Bolivia. Yeppers, it's a termite nest. The guide pointed out different species of termite nests and explained that this particular type is the one they like. Yikes. I'm glad that they're not that choosy when we're trying to breed them at home. It would be difficult to explain a termite nest to my homeowner's insurance agent. The height of the nest was about eye level to me, a short person, but the area was swampy and presumably flooded during the actual breeding season. (There were heavy spring floods in lowland Bolivia that spring, although we were able to access the area in mud boots by the time I came to visit in mid-April.) The color of this nest, in person, was about the same as the dark cork that we used to use as a nestbox liner. They loved to chew that stuff. Which is just how they customized the termite nest. Chew, chew, chew. I wonder if they actually pick up termites (read "a little bit of protein") along the way. Hmmm. The bottom photo is a big one to show off the chew holes.

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