The Birds and The Bees

In the last decade the Lear’s macaws have faced increasing competition for their nesting cavities. This competition is not from other birds, or even mammals, but from an insect. The invasive Africanized Honey Bees (AHB) have steadily increased in number and are excluding macaws from cliff cavities, limiting their breeding success. These bees are also promoting habitat destruction, poaching, and they pose a risk to the scientists studying the macaws.