This toy bear belonged to Jennifer Baker and was her companion when she was evacuated from...
Blue and Yellow Macaw
This specimen was a much-loved pet for forty years and was given to the museum after it died by its owner who lived in Herne Bay.
The colouring of macaws is an adaptation to life amongst the colourful fruits and flowers of the Central and South American rainforests. The birds have large, powerful beaks that they use to crack nuts and seeds. Macaws are very intelligent and social birds, they use their loud calls to communicate within their flock, to mark territory and to identify one another. Some species can even mimic human speech which is one reason why macaws have been desirable as pets for centuries.