This is the moment a parrot plays peekaboo with CCTV operators while sitting on a traffic camera on a busy Brazilian motorway.
The turquoise-fronted amazon parrot (Amazona aestiva), also called the turquoise-fronted parrot, was filmed peering into the traffic camera on the BR-116 motorway near the city of Curitiba in the Brazilian state of Parana on 29th October.
The CCTV system is reportedly operated by the road management company Arteris Planalto Sul, which spotted the bird’s antics on the motorway camera and shared the footage on Twitter where it has been viewed 262,000 times.
The state environment authority confirmed to Newsflash that the bird was a turquoise-fronted amazon parrot.
The playful parrot is not the only bird to show an interest in CCTV cameras set up on Brazilian motorways in recent months.
Two toucans were filmed pecking at a surveillance camera on the SP-330 motorway near the city of Campinas in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo on 18th April.
Footage from the traffic camera shows how the toucan appears on the railing next to the camera. About halfway through the footage, a second toucan ambles into view and they take it in turns to peck at the camera with their long orange beaks.
According to AutoBAn, which manages the motorway, it was the fifth such occurrence of birds being caught on traffic cameras in April, three of them taking place in Campinas.
In July, two toucans were filmed putting on a show for CCTV operators before one of them pecked at it with its colourful beak.
The spectacle took place on the SP-348 motorway in the city of Sao Paulo on the morning of 5th July.
It was remarkably similar to the previous scene involving two toucans in nearby Campinas, with one of the birds also trying to eat the camera.
Toucans are native to southern Mexico, Central America and northern and central South America and are famed for their bright markings and large and often brightly-coloured bills.
They mostly live in forests, apart from the toco toucan (Ramphastos toco), which is found in savannah and open woodlands.
The toucans that were captured by the traffic camera appear to be toco toucans, with their black bodies, white throats and chests and blue skin around the eye.
Given its preference for open habitats, the toco toucan has benefitted from widespread deforestation in tropical South America.
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