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17 September 2016 / leggypeggy

Brazil’s impressive bird park near Iguazu

Yellow and green bird

You looking at me? Not sure of the species but love the colours

I have mixed emotions about zoos and other wildlife parks. How are the animals cared for? Does the facility operate ethically? Does it have a mission beyond tourism and income?

I’m also a huge sucker for birds, so was keen to visit the Parque das Aves (or Bird Park) on the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls.

What an amazing and honourable bird sanctuary it is, and in such a beautiful setting.

I was gobsmacked by the number and variety of birds—there are more than 900 birds from 150 different species. I was also impressed by how the birds are housed. Most are in large aviaries, which allows the ‘residents’ to strut and fly about. There are water features and plenty of trees, too, for perches.

In addition to the magnificent birds, we also saw several species of snakes, lizards, caimans and butterflies.

A tree full of birds

A tree full of scarlet ibises

The sanctuary is privately owned and spreads over 40 acres of forest. It opened in 1994 and plays a conservation role as well.

In addition to all the visual evidence, I was impressed by park’s statement regarding its philosophy and approach. Here it is.

‘Parque das Aves is a conservation project in the Atlantic Rainforest near Foz do Iguassu, Brazil. We take in birds, which have been rescued from animal trafficking or are for some reason no longer able to survive in the wild. We give them a home in their beautiful native rainforest.

‘We love huge aviaries. We think birds should be able to fly, and have a great social life, and feed on the best, fresh, organic diet possible.

Red bird

‘We then breed a new generation of birds, which are capable of being released back into the wild (and we have a number of projects that do exactly that.) We also support projects and research throughout Brazil. We plant thousands of trees a year, restoring degraded Atlantic Rainforest.

‘The Parque das Aves thinks that education is one of our most important tasks. Sometimes it’s as simple as giving people direct contact with these beautiful birds. It’s amazing what that can do. We also educate thousands of local schoolchildren a year in special programs. Thank you for supporting Parque das Aves. We couldn’t do it without you.’

Southern screamers

Southern screamers

I’m not alone in my admiration for Parque das Aves. Reviews on TripAdvisor are highly complimentary. The sanctuary has almost 17,000 reviews in numerous languages. A remarkable 96 per cent of the reviews written in English rank the park as very good or excellent. Several reviews point out that the park is wheelchair friendly.

I have to confess that I don’t remember all the bird species, but here’s a collection of birds with a lot of black in their colouring.

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  1. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/ / Sep 17 2016 10:28 pm

    Schöne Fotos. Wolfgang

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  2. Heather Sjoberg / Sep 17 2016 10:28 pm

    I love toucans!

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  3. derrickjknight / Sep 17 2016 10:31 pm

    I share your ambivalence about zoos. This one has offered some great pics.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 17 2016 10:40 pm

      This place gets top marks from me. I’m sure there are problems behind the scenes, but I was quite impressed overall.

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  4. toutparmoi / Sep 17 2016 10:32 pm

    I too have mixed feelings about zoos and wildlife parks. But there’s no denying that many are well-run and provide a sanctuary (and breeding programmes) for birds and animals at major risk in the wild.

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  5. IreneDesign2011 / Sep 17 2016 11:02 pm

    I’m not a big fan of zoo’s either, but there are some places, where the animals get a good life and are able to have some freedom and not all of them are capable for freedom either.
    Your photos are really beautiful 🙂

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  6. Antonia / Sep 17 2016 11:53 pm

    I feel the same about zoos and I always appreciate when zoos have large and open enclosures. This looks like an awesome place. The flamingos and toucans are my favorite.

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  7. fiftywordsdaily / Sep 18 2016 12:03 am

    There is something weird about the eyes of birds. I don’t know – they’re just not natural….great post (as always).

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  8. beetleypete / Sep 18 2016 12:33 am

    I used to avoid all zoos years ago. Then I began to realise that without their breeding programmes and conservation projects in the animals’ home countries, many of these wonderful creatures, like your birds, would no longer exist. That said, there are still some shameful so-called zoos and animal parks around the world that should be closed down.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 18 2016 9:42 am

      I’ve seen a few heartbreaking zoos on my travels, but the vast majority have been trying to do the right thing.

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  9. spearfruit / Sep 18 2016 12:50 am

    Peggy, I absolutely enjoyed this post, I am very glad there are places like this that allow birds and other animals to have a natural life. Great post, the pictures are outstanding. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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  10. daveply / Sep 18 2016 1:49 am

    While I’m also in the ambivalent about zoos crowd (depends on the zoo), I sometimes think people believe animals living in the wild always have it better when often it’s a brutal struggle to survive. An aviary like the one you describe here sounds like a 5-star hotel for birds, with someone else paying the tab.

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  11. dfolstad58 / Sep 18 2016 1:54 am

    I would have been gobsmacked too!

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  12. afarawayhome / Sep 18 2016 2:26 am

    So cool! I love the beaks on those toucans

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 18 2016 9:46 am

      They are amazing, and so big given the size of the bird.

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  13. Roberta Pimentel / Sep 18 2016 6:59 am

    I’m from Brasil as you know, but I have never been there. wow 900 birds and 150 different species :-O
    I hope I can travel there one day to see all that with my own eyes 🙂

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  14. gerard oosterman / Sep 18 2016 10:33 am

    Doing the Toucan can do the toucancan too.

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  15. The Year I Touched My Toes / Sep 18 2016 10:40 am

    Hi Peggy,
    I have been waiting for this post. You may remember I mentioned visiting this sanctuary with my family about 18 years ago. Our daughters loved it. I don’t remember the flamingos and I am thinking the aviaries have probably been extended since we were there. Nor do I remember a mission statement so it was great to read that in your post and know you have given it the tick.

    Your lovely post has prompted me to scan and post a photo from that trip. I have been thinking about how I can incorporate old travel photos into my blog. This has given me the boot I needed.

    Louise

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 18 2016 11:14 am

      It was your original comment about the sanctuary that reminded me I hadn’t written about it. So you gave me the boot I needed. 🙂
      By the way, 18 years ago the park would have been only four years old. What great strides they have made.

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      • The Year I Touched My Toes / Sep 18 2016 11:27 am

        Yes indeed. Meanwhile I’m frustrated by the fact our colour photos haven’t aged well and the best photo of my daughter and a toucan has been “borrowed” and not returned. That will be a hunt and half so the post will have to be put on a hold for the time being. Long live digital photos.

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      • leggypeggy / Sep 18 2016 11:51 am

        Good luck with the hunt. I’ll try to be patient.

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  16. Vicki / Sep 18 2016 10:44 am

    What a marvellous sanctuary and how good to hear that they rescue birds as well as replant trees. I’d love to visit this place with it’s brightly coloured birds, but alas will have to rely on your lovely images 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 18 2016 11:18 am

      I really respect their efforts on breeding, rescue and replanting. Ticking all the boxes. Glad I could bring the photos to you.

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  17. Dorothy / Sep 18 2016 11:15 am

    Another great post Peggy. If I had the money I would do a tour of some of the places you write about. But I haven’t won lotto so I will have to content myself with seeing the world through the lens of your camera. You are such a good photographer it is a pleasure following your blog. Dorothy

    dorothysstories.wordpress.com

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 18 2016 11:19 am

      Thanks Dorothy, but I have to give a lot of credit to my photo subjects. Especially when they stay still enough for me to get the pic (the telephoto lens helps too).

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  18. Deesha / Sep 18 2016 11:17 am

    Wonderful pictures! Loved them all !

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  19. Curious to the Max / Sep 18 2016 11:47 am

    I used to have a hair-do just like the Razor-billed currasow – that’s why he’s my favorite.

    Love you pictures!!!!!!

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  20. Forestwoodfolkart / Sep 18 2016 8:03 pm

    Fascinating birds – Toucans – I always imagined them to be bigger! The bird park sounds wonderful.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 19 2016 12:23 am

      The bird park is amazing, but I’m trying to figure out how to tell you the size of the toucans? They are smaller than a breadbox. I’ll get back to you when I can do better. 🙂

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      • Forestwoodfolkart / Sep 19 2016 8:41 am

        Yes. I do know that as I have seen them in the Singapore bird park. Fantastic birds.

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  21. sepultura13 / Sep 19 2016 2:50 am

    Wonderful photos of beautiful birds! This conservation sanctuary seems to be doing the right thing, and that’s fantastic to see.
    🙂

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  22. sepultura13 / Sep 19 2016 2:51 am

    Reblogged this on Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings and commented:
    A beautiful avian sanctuary…thank you for sharing this, Peggy!

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  23. Carol Ferenc / Sep 19 2016 5:47 am

    It’s wonderful to hear such stories, Peggy. Thank you for sharing this treasure!

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  24. annabelletroy / Sep 19 2016 8:28 am

    The birds are indeed impressive. What gorgeous colors! I wish I could get my hair that yellow–or that pink!

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  25. Sascha Darlington / Sep 19 2016 8:47 am

    Great post. It’s fantastic to hear about such a park that takes conservation of animal species seriously and not as an afterthought. Beautiful pictures as always. It looks like an excellent place to add to a travel bucket list.

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  26. Nancy J / Sep 19 2016 9:00 am

    Stunning photos! I am an avid bird lover. Your blog is amazing. I’m so happy I stumbled upon it. Being confined to bed, I travel virtually through photos. Exploring your blog will take me on wonderful journeys. Thanks so much!

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 19 2016 5:42 pm

      I feel privileged to have you travelling along with me. Thanks so much for your interest.

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      • Nancy J / Sep 21 2016 5:54 am

        You’re welcome! It’s nice to have travel with friends 🙂

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  27. voulaah / Sep 19 2016 5:41 pm

    Très impressionnant ces oiseaux
    Merci pour le partage Peggy, elles sont jolies ces photos
    passe une très bonne semaine
    bisous

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 19 2016 5:43 pm

      Thank you Voulaah. I always appreciate your visits. Wishing you a great week too.

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  28. mommermom / Sep 19 2016 7:29 pm

    Amazing the vivid colors found in nature. Love the pictures.

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  29. Brenda / Sep 19 2016 10:45 pm

    The Scarlet Ibises are glorious. Imagine seeing a whole group of them in the wild.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 20 2016 12:56 am

      They are gorgeous and we were lucky enough to see many of them.

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  30. Roberta Pimentel / Sep 20 2016 8:13 am

    Reblogged this on Roberta Pimentel.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 20 2016 2:40 pm

      Thanks so much Roberta. So very much appreciated. 🙂
      P.S. I’m working on the questions.

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  31. davidprosser / Sep 20 2016 12:50 pm

    Beautiful. Birds are my soft spot.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  32. Joel F / Sep 20 2016 11:38 pm

    Sometimes the zoos scare me, but the photos of the birds are stunning. The yellow one is so nice.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 20 2016 11:53 pm

      The yellow one is a real beauty, and just the right colours for Brazil. 🙂

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      • Joel F / Sep 21 2016 12:01 am

        Yes, so delightful to see. Thanks for sharing it.

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      • leggypeggy / Sep 21 2016 7:05 am

        My pleasure.

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  33. poshbirdy / Sep 21 2016 2:03 am

    Wow! Fantastic pics x

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 21 2016 6:53 am

      Hi poshbirdy, I thought you especially might like the birds.

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  34. Hope / Sep 21 2016 4:48 am

    I love the photo of the yellow parrot.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 21 2016 6:53 am

      I agree. The colours are so vibrant.

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      • Hope / Sep 21 2016 7:35 am

        Also his expression, I feel like he was posing. lol 🙂

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      • leggypeggy / Sep 21 2016 9:22 am

        Maybe he’s a show pony as well as a bird! 🙂

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  35. Bun Karyudo / Sep 21 2016 10:08 pm

    I’m not sure about the species of parrot, but I think it may possibly be a double yellow headed Amazon.

    I was interested to read some of the earlier comments about zoos. My own view is that although the ideal situation would obviously be for animals to continue living in the wild, that’s just not the reality of the situation in much of the world. I fear that for many species, they are either going to survive in some kind of controlled environment or they’re not going to survive at all.

    As to how successfully animals can be kept in captivity, it depends very much on how much effort the zoo is willing to put into the animals’ psychological welfare and also the particular species involved. Large, intelligent animals with extensive ranges (e.g. polar bears) are hard to keep in in a restricted area, particularly if they are generally solitary. These tend to be the creatures that visitors see pacing and showing clear signs of mental illness. Less intelligent herbivorous species (e.g. capybara, antelope) are generally much easier to keep.

    Some intelligent species have very active social lives, and this can help with keeping them in a reasonable mental state as long as they’re given plenty of opportunity to interact and also places where they can escape from prying eyes if they want.

    Like I say, zoos would not be my first choice, but I’m not sure that a second choice is always available. 😦

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 22 2016 1:24 pm

      Excellent points and I completely agree that a second choice isn’t always available.

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  36. Sheryl / Sep 22 2016 9:49 am

    Birds are such fascinating creatures. It’s fun to see these photos and to learn about this park.

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  37. Snapshotsincursive / Sep 22 2016 11:40 pm

    Pink flamingos make me smile! 🌸

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  38. Lynz Real Cooking / Sep 23 2016 1:00 pm

    Such amazing birds Peggy! Thanks for sharing with us

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  39. maureenrose7 / Sep 23 2016 10:36 pm

    oh my goodness Peggy you have done it again! Fantastic photos! looks like such a nice place! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 24 2016 7:24 am

      Thanks so much. It’s a fantastic bird sanctuary.

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  40. Doraz / Sep 24 2016 7:54 am

    Wow, just amazing. I LOVE all your photos! You bring us all many smiles. 🙂 Thank you. 🙂

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  41. Jaye January / Sep 24 2016 8:49 am

    I could not agree with you more in regards to zoos. They break my heart at times. But with all of that said; these photos in the sanctuary are incredible! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post!

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  42. milliethom / Sep 25 2016 7:15 am

    The Parque das Aves sounds like a really great place to visit. The variety of birds looks amazing and it’s good to know that the Parque does so much for the many species it takes in. I also like the fact that many of the rescued birds’ offspring are released into the wild. A lot of thought must have gone into creating such a great setting for so many different species. Lovely, interesting and informative post Peggy, with fabulous photos.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 25 2016 11:44 am

      Thanks, so nice of you to think of me. Unfortunately I have had to keep this blog award-free. We travel so much and often remotely. Sometimes I have no internet connection for many days in a row. I’m sure you’ll understand. Thanks again.

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  43. Aquileana / Sep 26 2016 3:07 am

    So beautiful…. a paradise indeed… I ´ve visited the Iguazu falls twice… But your posts make me want to go again!… sending love & best wishes. Aquileana 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 26 2016 1:55 pm

      Thanks, the post makes me want to go again too. 🙂

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  44. MickETalbot / Sep 26 2016 12:51 pm

    Amazing, thanks for sharing your wonderful images, and for the virtual tour too

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  45. Expatorama / Sep 26 2016 10:38 pm

    Scarlet Ibises are just gorgeous. We get there cousins the Sacred Ibis (white with a black beak) and Hadedas (grey with shimmery purple wings) here in South Africa. The hadedas are particularly noisy birds.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 27 2016 6:45 am

      They are gorgeous. We also get sacred ibises—so many of them that they are seen as a bit of a nuisance. I bet people would feel differently if they were scarlet. 🙂

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  46. artedbc / Sep 28 2016 9:51 am

    Nice post!

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  47. petakaplan / Sep 29 2016 3:29 am

    Beautiful photographs. Definitely not a fan of zoos and have a strong preference for seeing birds and animals in the wild. However, that said, zoos and sanctuaries definitely have their place and also provide an opportunity for mass sightings and variety of sightings as well as important research.

    Peta

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 29 2016 8:56 am

      We prefer seeing animals in the wild, but greatly respect the zoos and sanctuaries that do the right things.

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  48. Daal / Sep 29 2016 6:46 am

    Make my eyes pop – loooove this! You are a great photographer & so generous to share!

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  49. authorpradeeps / Oct 11 2016 11:24 pm

    I too have mixed emotions about zoos, but unluckily they are there to stay. Enjoyed the post, and thanks for the beautiful pictures.

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  50. glimpseandmuchmore / Nov 13 2016 8:10 am

    हमें इमोशनल फोटो बहुत अच्छी लगती है

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  51. myphotographyworldweb / Jan 15 2017 4:44 pm

    Nice article..
    wonderful sharing and very informative..
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  52. we have these long leg birds too here called Demoiselle cranes…specially in Jodhpur

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  53. lifeintrips / Jun 8 2017 3:18 pm

    Such cute pictures of these beautiful birds…

    Liked by 1 person

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