Scarlet macaw Ara macao 3D

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Watch our dermestid beetles prepare a Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) specimen. You will need red and blue 3D glasses to watch the video.

Our beetles don't eat feathers, so specimens are usually skinned before they reach the colonies. In this example we left the feathers intact to show how this large parrot’s amazing skull sits underneath its skin.

Time-lapse films

Since December 2011, the Natural History Museum and Site-Eye Time-Lapse Films Ltd have been filming inside one of the beetle colonies used for bird skeleton preparation.

Warning: the films are graphic, showing specimens and their decomposition.