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FEATURE


Macaw. Around the corner, on the main square of the town, on a perch on the pavement was a beautiful hybrid Macaw, a Calico I think but I’m not the best with the names of the hybrid Macaws. He was a stunning looking bird, in excellent condition and loved all the attention he was receiving, the delighted holiday makers would stop and talk to him as he called out ‘ola!’ to anyone passing by. Sadly another Blue and Gold Macaw, a couple of streets down was not as happy, looking at his eyes and his body language, he seemed more stressed by the constant attention and on closer inspection we noticed he was wearing a leg chain. We were horrified by this, especially as the bird kept worrying at the chain and obviously found it uncomfortable. I had never seen a bird in a leg chain before and thought this was no longer in practice, unfortunately for this poor bird the owners deemed it necessary even though he was also severely wing clipped. I would have dearly loved to smuggle him into my suitcase and bring him home with us where he would be able to fly in our garden flight once his wing clip had grown out. He was the exception to the rule though, as the other parrots we saw appeared to be well looked after and were thriving on the attention. You might question the fact that the birds were kept up until the early hours every day, especially when you saw them fluffing up, grinding their beaks and settling down at about 10.30 each evening as the sun went down, only to be disturbed once again by another tourist taking their photograph. And


I must admit that these parrots were better suited to the stunning Mediterranean surroundings than to our garden flight at home in Wales. To see the Macaws sitting outside among the pine trees and bright exotic flowers on these warm summer evenings was truly magical.


many of their waking hours were filled with nonstop attention but that was their routine and what they were obviously used to and they had devised ways to cope with the attention, either lapping it up as the Calico Macaw did or ignoring everybody as did the birds in the Tikki bar.


I must admit that these parrots were better suited to the stunning Mediterranean surroundings than to our garden flight at home in Wales. To see the Macaws sitting outside among the pine trees and bright exotic flowers on these warm summer evenings was truly magical. Because of our climate many pet parrots spend much of the year indoors, deprived of natural sunlight, these birds were enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine and reaping the benefits.


When visiting the resort two years previously we had enjoyed a parrot show in one of the hotel bars and were pleased to see that it was still being performed. We arrived early to get good seats at the front, a little too early really as we had to sit through


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