A scarlet macaw reaches around a branch for a surprise smooch with its mate. Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, Costa Rica. Macaws are highly affectionate and partner for life. I've always been fascinated by these gorgeous and talkative birds (they sound like loving but slightly quarrelsome married couples). I am excited about the recovery they are now making in some parts of the world, as discussed in a 2015 Defenders of Wildlife magazine article in which this photo appeared.