The macaw research project is located in the tropical lowland rain-forest of South America

Satellite view of South America

in Madre de Dios Department of Southeastern Peru, also known as the Peruvian Amazon…

Satellite view of Peruvian Amazon

along the Tambopata River, about 100 km from Puerto Maldonado (the capital of Madre de Dios Department)—an eight-hour boat ride from the town upriver.

Satellite view of  Tambopata River

Research is based at the Tambopata Research Center, operated by Rainforest Expeditions. The lodge has limited electricity from generators, limited internet access (for occasional use only), radio communication with town, a well-equipped kitchen, a hand-wash laundry facility, a bar, and a boutique.

Tambopata Research Center

Tambopata Research Center
(as seen from a nearby nest)


TRC LogoVolunteers at the center participate in long-term monitoring of macaw and parrot biology, which has been on-going since 1999. As part of this project, volunteers record the numbers of birds using clay licks and the numbers of parrots in the forests.

Volunteers with interest in tropical botany help evaluate the fruiting and flowering of the forest trees, as a measure of food availability for the macaws and parrots.

During the breeding season, assistants climb trees to help monitor the reproductive success of Scarlet and Red & Green Macaws. These data sets are used to help us understand how fluctuations in clay lick use are related to nesting, food supply, and bird abundance both seasonally and annually.

Researcher assistants will also be asked to aid in other tasks such as data entry and data collection for new research projects on bird behavior, tourism impacts, etc.

Collpa Colorado

Collpa Colorado
(near the center)

Tambopata Research Center main entrance

Tambopata Research Center
(main entrance)