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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Macaw Feather Headdress
Credit: USFWS.

Macaw Feather Headdress

Common Name: Various macaw species
Scientific Name: Psittacidae (macaws and other parrots)
Protected Status: All macaws and other parrots are protected by international treaty (CITES).
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? This is a close-up of a large feather headdress from the Amazon basin. While it is legal for native tribes to make and use these culturally important objects, their international trade is strictly regulated


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