The parrot clay licks are one of the most striking and colorful experiences when you visit the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. Located in the Yasuni National Park, near the Napo River, you find one of the biggest parrot clay licks, a natural formation caused by erosion where parrots, parakeets and macaws go daily.
The spectacle is just impressive not only for the color diversity but for the incredible acoustic show of different sounds bids do when licking the clay. So, here below we give you some details about two of the best birding tour activities to do at Napo Wildlife Center.
Clay licks are located in the riverbanks of the Yasuni National Park. These are clay walls where various species of parrots and macaws go to link the clay. It is said that parrots lick the clay because of its great power as an antidote and antacid.
Parrots eat a variety of berries and toxic fruits and the mineral the clay contains counteracts toxicity. Then, the existence of these licks is critical for parrots and macaws to survive. For years, generations of different species of bird have kept alive this tradition. It is an incredible spectacle full of colors and sounds.
Clay licks are found throughout the Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon, one of the most diverse places on earth. If you want to observe clay licks it is necessary to go very early because parrots and macaws visit them at dawn, between 5:00 and 7:00 in the morning. However, parrots and macaws are very demanding with climate and they do not visit the clay licks if it is raining.
Parrot clay licks have become a center of observation and study of this group of birds. The Añangu community built a place just next to the licks for allowing tourists to take photos and videos of the parrots.
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