One of the best represented birds in the ornithological fauna of the Central American republics is a member of the large parrot family, known in the region as the Macaw. These magnificent animals have always attracted human attention. They owe this prestige to the extreme beauty and variety of colours of their plumage. In pre-Columbian times, the Indians used these feathers to make real mosaics. Each feather was carefully attached to a cotton fabric and formed part of complex compositions. Feathers were also used to make ornamental objects such as necklaces and often large headdresses that were worn by priests and members of the nobility during religious ceremonies celebrated with great pomp by all members of the community. - 1977