MACAWS in SlowMotion! Rainforest Research! Smarter Every Day 60


hey it’s me Destin welcome back to smarter every day so let’s pretend for a second that you’re a macaw and you live in the Amazon rainforest life is pretty good you have all the fruit you want but there’s one problem you don’t get all the nutrients that you need out of that fruit so how do you do that so to answer that question today I have traveled over four days most of that being an Amazon rainforest with an outfit called rainforest expeditions and this is our final boat ride so we are going to get in this boat and we’re going to go upriver here at the Tambopata River jurcins going to go with us he’s helping me haul some photo gear you’re getting smarter every day Justin you okay so I’m going to boat full of researchers here at the tambopata Research Center and we are about to go check out exactly how these McCall’s handle the new trip let’s go to the main sport books okay and then we’ll see how how dignity goes in the beginning again okay so this guy right here is in charge he has I said it worked at me since I’ve been here he’s in the zone he’s got a clipboard so you know he’s legit talk now or talk later silly talk later got it I told you he’s busy doing science don’t mess with the man okay so that spot of dirt right over there is the largest clay lick in the world here at the tambopata Research Center researchers come from all over just to watch this spot of dirt macaws parrots and other birds come in and they eat the dirt and that gives them the nutrients they need so today we brought a high-speed camera we’re gonna try to capture the McCall’s doing this should be pretty cool do one thing with the birds do that we don’t really understand yet it’s called flashing it’s when a bunch of a pile up on the clay lit and then all of a sudden boom all of them release a little time so hopefully I can get this high-speed video to the researchers you cuantos Ave estamos ando la culpa aqui tenemos lo sodariot dos las hoyas en que se va la culpa clima y la spaces okay so I’m home now but I can’t stop thinking about why I’m a call would eat dirt well between all my scratching of bug bites I contacted the Shoebat Center for exotic bird health at Texas A&M University and spoke with a guy named dr. Don bright Smith for the past few decades the theory has been there’s toxins and fruit in the jungle and that the birds are eating this clay to neutralize the toxins the research by dr. bright Smith suggested that has more to do with sodium and how rain falls on the continent of South America in general so if you begin to look at South America you can understand why this happens on the west side we have the Pacific Ocean on the east side we have the Atlantic Ocean so it makes sense that the evaporation would create rain and create the Amazon rainforest but that’s not what happens if you look at a satellite image it’s easy to see but the Andes Mountains actually cuts off the moisture before it gets over to the Amazon rainforest in fact most of the stuff to the west of the Andes is pure desert this means that most of the moisture in the Amazon rainforest comes from the Atlantic side of the continent so as moisture evaporates here in the Atlantic Ocean it begins to deposit its minerals as it crosses the continent and by the time it gets here to Eastern Peru most of the minerals have leached into the soil because it’s gone through the hydrological cycle several times dr. Bryce Smith and his team analyzed the clay that the McCall’s are eating at the tambopata Research Center and they discovered that there’s much higher concentrations of sodium so there you go that’s why clay lakes exist so I hope you enjoyed the video I had to spend some time away from the family in order to do it but if it was worth it for you if you would please consider subscribing and check out the links in the video description below I’d appreciate it getting smarter every day have a good one don’t eat my passport you can’t eat my passport weren’t you doing anything we and that’s how we got nice became her to the jungle right there I don’t have a lens I can reach way over there so Jeff the high-resolution photographer here at rainforest expeditions good let me borrow at 600 million UN’s dancer we’re doing so I’m looking forward to taking this sound and pitching it down and turning them into scary pair of monsters but then what do you think we’re recording wildlife for wildlife that’s it a day we improve it’s pretty awesome we’ve assembled a team of people we’re gonna capture machu picchu in the highest resolution photo that’s ever been native get that special panoramic robotic camera mount get all kinds of cool stuff

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100 thoughts on “MACAWS in SlowMotion! Rainforest Research! Smarter Every Day 60

  1. We have two Macaws in a very large Avery come rain forest ( climate controlled ) ,two our delight they produced two chicks just on a year ago which are being hand reared so that sociable not like there parents who need to be handled with gloves They also like and eat the  clay  around the waterfall so it must be instinct  as they are captive breed .

  2. The ones that didn't leave when they were "flashing" would've died if the soil gave way from erosion. It seems they leave when they are spooked or when they see another bird that looks spooked.

  3. Im facinated to your videos. They are gorgeous to see, interesting, well researched, filmed awesomely and your family is beautiful (kids are super cute) Thankyou for sharing your knowledge 🙂

  4. It's so much better on film. I'm RL, you have to get up before dawn and sit there in the humidity and heat to see a bunch of little blue, red, and green dots flying around. The only part when it's really good is when it's our turn to use the telescope.

    It's worth noting that I had been there at the TRC for six days by then and had rainforest fatigue, lol. There's also another clay lick further down the river. That was quite a magnificent show! I'll always opine that the best part of TRC is still the chicos. I love it when they swoop down to steal my breakfast!

  5. What is the name of the macaws in the center of the frame at 2:54? They almost look like a hybrid, but that isn't natural

  6. It's so great to see these majestic birds in their natural enviroment. Hope I can make it there one day to see in person, thank you for sharing this!

  7. hey i have an idea for a new video (potentially) you should make a video about high speed cameras and how they work (i dont know plz dont make fun of me)

  8. I'd assume the "flashing" is because parrots are considered prey animals, just like deer etc. So they all release the cliff at once because one of the birds became startled or scared by something which startles all the other birds into thinking something is wrong, or that there is a predator in the area which causes them all to flee at once since parrots are flocking birds and take cues from birds around them. Deer do the same thing, one gets scared and they all flee at once to avoid getting caught by the potential danger. c:

  9. Your slow-mo video helped me observe, the birds when flying, take full wing to apply force and when retracting, they fold so, they have less force on going back.
    And also, I see the feathers are close to each other when pushing the wind down (when going up) and they are not tightly packed when retracting, like letting air through the gap between feathers..!
    Wow, science is amazing, definitely, I'm jealous of this generation kids, with all the practical (visually) help they get by people like you.

  10. Destin, what is that blinkey thing behind you next to your map? Loved the video and love your content. Keep doing what you're doing man.

  11. More interesting is how they're divided by color. Notice how the greens are to the left, blues to the right and the single red is at the bottom 3:40

  12. Whats is not clear about flashing? Its so obvious that one bird flies away because it might noticed a danger and scares or gives signal to other birds as well. Daaaaaaa

  13. supposedly I read an article that sodium is bad for them/salt. that's why I get unsalted frys. lol. true though.. how much sodium do they actually get/need? will be a question?

  14. Hi, in my point of view, this behavior still has less to do with nutrient intake but a lot more with a detox behavior or maybe a mix of both explanations are at work … Parrots are specialized not much on fruits as it is stated in this video but on seeds, isn'it ! while plants have evolution interests in being moved by animal-travelling (moving acidic-protected seeds in their stomachs with special compost 😉 and to offer rich-nutritious fruits to animals as rewards for that action, they have very little interest if any to see their seeds eaten right away, hence the very usual high toxic compounds levels in seeds or hard physical seeds protections … Parrots have a high toxin-rich diet and therefore they're more likely observed in that kind of behavior than other animals (clay is eaten by many animals families in tropical regions… by the way, the number of species exploses in the tropics and higher the number of species, higher the accidental exposure to toxic species too) … And try the parrot trick yourself … Detox medicine universal knowledge !! 😉 Have a good day, S.J. If there is sodium in the soil, why are plants on that soil not taking it ?! Still not very clear ! 😉

  15. Wow amazing. Thanks for the beautiful pictures! I don't know if you knew this, but horses do exactly the same. If they lack nutrients you may see them eating a bit of dirt once in a while.

  16. I hope it meets with your approval, we have added your video to the Macaw Landing Facebook site.  I was there when it was still a research facility, and Tambopata is ONE of the largest clay licks, Charlie and a small group of us found a larger one, while we were there for the filming of the Real Macaw, loaded with hundreds of  Blue and Golds  Jack Devine

  17. My best guess a to why they flash/splash: it's a defensive tactic to protect them against predators. Harder for a hawk to catch them if they all fly at once. What do you think?

  18. Hey. Do you mind if I use parts of your video for a fundraising video for rainforest conservation?
    Mainly the slow motion flying macaws.
    thank you in advance.

  19. I just went to Peru. I skipped the rain forest, and went to the high high high Andes. I did spend one night in mazuco. So I got to see the Amazon river, waterfalls, and lots of birds. What a great place peru was. Did you just do this while in peru, or did you go out exploring? I have a video I need to upload, but I messed it up. Machu Pichu sunrise in 4K. If you want to see is Destin, its filed under "oneworldexpeditions" channel. Love all the vids, and the verse at the end.

  20. Beautiful shots of the birds. Looks like the flashing doesn't really occur all at the same time, so it's not some external event (external to the birds as a whole) which triggers them. It may just happen when, by chance, multiple birds leave at the same time causing the other birds to panic and take off.

  21. Waaaooo I love when people go to the nature to explore all that beauty to show us nice…. but I hate when people go to those places to destroy and steal 😣

  22. I don't think there is anything to the "Flash" of birds. My guess is it's just prey/flocking instinct. When one bird decides to take off, it simply causes a domino effect. Or it's just a simple case of space. For so many individuals in a small area, if one or two decided they were going to leave, but couldn't get the space needed to fully extend their wings, it would only be logical to have everyone take off around the same time….I bet if you took video and identified the first 2-3 birds to take off, and then watched the birds return. I bet the 2-3 who took off first wouldn't be back on the rock face.

  23. thank you for supporting my country´s team reasearches! I love your videos and these int he amazon rain forest are amazing! I am a highlander btw! Best regards from Jauja!

  24. omg you gotta do a video on how they dont crash into one another! obviously they bump into one another with their wings but they dont fall to the ground mid flight. thats pretty interesting!

  25. So I'm fairly new to your channel. I went back and started at the beginning and am working through all your videos. This is BY FAR one of the most amazing ones. Just something about it. It was beautiful and jaw dropping.

  26. I'd say this is about the most beautiful shot I've ever seen in my life. How did I miss this for so many years.

  27. Let him eat the passport! Thank you for this. I'm aware of that claylick and the ongoing theory of toxins. So nice to hear another, more plausible reason.

  28. Well, I think they do it because if a bird suddenly flew, you'd assume there's a predator, and a chain reaction would happen.

  29. Given the particular birds involved, this is one of the most beautiful slow motions I have ever witnessed.
    Thanks for all that you do and all that you know and share and research. You aren't one of a kind but you are certainly my favorite. <3

  30. We have a lot to learn. Will it be too late? Once humans have destroyed all animal abitats and all the animals are gone. We are not just destroying their homes but our own living space. (LESS IS MORE) the more we take the less we will have. Save these animals homes save yourself by doing so. Save the planet. For everyone who reads this plant a tree a year call it the world birthday and give it a tree. IT'S BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE.

  31. Birds are going extinct all of the pets are dying im just here to tell you 😭😭😭😭😭😭💖💖💔💔💔

  32. meh, id be more impressed if they had 10 colors instead of 4, has any1 tried painting a tortoise with the Jamaican flag?

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