Blue Monday: Macaw


Blue Monday: Macaw

We came across this Blue and Gold Macaw, along with a number of other parrots, in a large, shaded square in the centre of Rhodes Old Town. Now, I’m always a bit uncertain about the use of such intelligent, long-lived and sensitive birds within the tourist trade but this group did seem to be pretty healthy and well cared for. They weren’t being mobbed by tourists nor were neither handlers pushing them at people. What’s your view on this practice and have you ever paid to have your photo taken with an exotic animal whilst on holiday?


24 comments on “Blue Monday: Macaw

  1. I have not paid for a photo with or of an animal but I have never seen ones here in Australia that looked shabby or mistreated. I have photos of snakes, parrot, koala, kangaroo and all seemed fine. Perhaps it is because we are required to have some kind of certification to have pets that are native species. Gorgeous photo of the Macaw!

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ They are wonderful birds! Every country has it’s own rules and regulations and I think in places like Australia, South America and various tropical or sub-tropical countries, using native animal species to promote conservation and education can be extremely worthwhile! There is still an alarming amount of illegal trafficking in endangered species though. I remember being appalled as a child in Spain seeing people with a lion cub on a chain walking along the beach offering photos with tourists 😦

  2. These birds are stunningly beautiful.
    As for using them to sell pictures to tourists. People need to find a way to make a living and, if the animals are well-cared for, I see nothing wrong with it.

  3. Beautiful birds! There is a bird show at a place in St Louis, MO. – Grants Farm owned by Anheuser Bush and the photos reminded me of seeing those.

  4. Hello Sarah,

    No, I’ve never wanted to have a picture taken with any wild animal–even pretty blue ones.

    Thanks for making Blue Monday special.

    Have a Beautiful Blue Monday!

  5. Somehow you always manage to capture a personal look, this macaw certainly has a look in it’s eye, love it. Don’t see the point of being photographed with a wild creature, just like seeing them, however, I do agree with Colline πŸ™‚

    • He was certainly eyeing me πŸ˜‰ Yes, in many ways completely agree with Colline too although I wish people would stick to promoting native species rather than continuing the international trades in exotic animals/birds. Conservation and education can be easily tied in to tourism and animals, which would make so much more sense to me! Captive breeding programs are very important with many endangered species and there are a number of European birds-of-prey that are at risk at the moment who would really benefit from the type of falconry institutions that we have in the UK.

  6. Isn’t this guy a beauty! I also like your post title… it’s a great song from a band I’ve loved my whole life, especially when New Order was originally called Joy Division πŸ™‚

    • Hi Shane, thanks! Have always loved Joy Division/New Order πŸ™‚ Blue Monday is actually a weekly challenge by Sally over on Blogspot. I saw a few others with the link and decided it would be a good challenge and nice way to meet some other bloggers this year πŸ™‚ Just follow the link in the post if you want to participate.

    • Me neither!! Totally unexpected. Lots of Greek people seem to keep small caged birds like canaries and I did spot a few escapees πŸ˜‰ One taverna we went to had a goldfinch in a cage which really threw me! Seeing our goldfinches flying free today brought home how much I dislike the international trade in birds, expect for in circumstances of conservation and captive breeding programs.

  7. I paid once when my kids were little at a Florida mall. I was surprise to see this since we were visiting fm up North and this is not a common practice there.

  8. I paid some snake charmers in India, but I regret that I did, because later I found out that they remove the fangs of the snakes. This is causing the snakes to slowly die from their own poison… If I knew I’d never given them any money.

    • That’s exactly the sort of practice that makes me despair! I find it very sad that people are so poor that they find it necessary to mutilate wild animals in order to earn enough money to survive 😦 Even in countries where there is strict animal control there are still those who flaunt the law and abuse animals. Very sad!

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