• Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 8 December, 2011 08:18
  • Focal length: 500mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/800 s

They totally outnumbered the other parakeets and parrots at this lick, and this day. Only one other species is seen here – the larger Yellow-crowned Amazon.

In this amazingly diverse area of the Ecuadorian Amazon (Yasuni National Park) there are many clay licks and apparently no clay lick is the same to the birds looking for one. This particular lick reliably has 3 species visiting, others might have less or more species, while others are inundated by hundreds of just one species.

The third species is the Blue-headed Parrot, but they stayed in the trees when I was there. Just 2 birds landed on a smaller clay lick near by.