|A m a z o n N o r t h b a n k T r a v e l s : T r i p T o I t a c o a t i a r a
Andy wanted us to look closely at all of the Tui Parakeets we saw, because theres a different race on the lower Amazon from the mouth of the Rio Madeira east, apparently separated by a small gap from the other, which occurs from Manaus westward. Sure enough, every bird we saw was the lower Amazon form, which has a yellow spot below and behind the eye. Andy says the iris may be a different color too. This is really remarkable to me. We were only about one hundred miles east of Manaus. What could possibly be keeping these strong-flying parakeets apart? It will be fascinating to see if there really is a distributional gap between Manaus and Itacoatiara, and, if not (which I cant imagine there could be), to look for signs of interbreeding. If there is none, then I suspect Andy will be right in believing theyre separate species.
So, the greater Manaus area continues to hold some thrills and surprises. When yall coming down?
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