Red-fronted macaws in Omerque, Cochabamba, Bolivia
© Bernard Castelein/Minden Picture
Flying high on National Bird Day
On National Bird Day, we're looking at two red-fronted macaws. These birds are endangered, but they're not hard to find at the Red-Fronted Macaw Nature Reserve in Bolivia, where this picture was taken. They're easiest to spot during breeding season, which runs from November to May, and they usually fly in pairs or larger groups. National Bird Day is observed on January 5, which coincides with the end of the Christmas Bird Count—a citizen survey that looks at native bird populations in the US. National Bird Day puts the focus on birds around the world, especially those threatened with extinction due to the pet trade, habitat loss, and climate change.