Amazon Northbank Travels: Trip To Itacoatiara
Mario Cohn-Haft - Early August 1997
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
So, the greater Manaus area continues to hold some thrills and surprises. When yall coming down?
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