Parrot plays peekaboo with CCTV camera on a Brazilian motorway

Bird’s eye view! Parrot plays peekaboo with CCTV camera operators on a Brazilian motorway

  • Video shows the turquoise-fronted Amazon parrot on the motorway in Curitiba
  • The footage was shared on Twitter where it has had more than 262,000 views
  • It comes after two toucans were filmed pecking at road cameras in Sao Paulo 

This is the moment a parrot played peekaboo with CCTV operators as it perched on a traffic camera on a Brazilian motorway.

The turquoise-fronted Amazon parrot (Amazona aestiva), was filmed peering into the lens on the busy BR-116 route near the city of Curitiba in Parana, on October 29.

Road management company Arteris Planalto Sul shared the hilarious footage on Twitter where it has been viewed more than 262,000 times. 

This is the moment a parrot plays peekaboo with CCTV operators while sitting on a traffic camera on a busy Brazilian motorway

The inquisitive bird enters the frame from the right while perched on the camera on the BR-116 motorway near the city of Curitiba in Parana

In the footage, the inquisitive parrot’s head emerges from the top right of the frame as it peers into camera before disappearing abruptly.

A few seconds later, the colourful bird reappears from above the camera, dangling upside down, obscuring most of the motorway in the process. 

The parrot is living up to its species’ reputation as curious and playful. 

The bird is easy to tame and has a talent for talking, making the Amazona aestiva one of the most common parrots to be kept in captivity.  

The playful parrot is not the only bird to show an interest in Brazilian motorway cameras in recent months. 

In April, two toucans were filmed pecking at a traffic camera near the city of Campinas, Sao Paulo.  

This is the moment a pair of inquisitive toucans were captured standing in front of a traffic camera before they starting trying to eat the device in Brazil in April

The toucans were filmed walking around and preening themselves in front of the camera on the SP-330 motorway in the south-eastern Brazilian municipality of Campinas

Footage from the traffic camera shows how one toucan appeared on the railing next to the camera

Footage from the traffic camera shows a toucan 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.

They appear to be toco toucans, which prefer open habitats and have benefitted from widespread deforestation in tropical South America.

In 2019, two inquisitive seagulls became famous after repeatedly landing on top of a traffic camera in London.

The seagulls were spotted at the camera by the East London junction in 2019

The birds were filmed over two days walking around in front of the camera at a junction on the approach to the Blackwall Tunnel in Poplar, East London.

Transport bosses said the seagulls had been nicknamed Graeme and Steve.

Seagulls have previously photobombed traffic cameras in Glasgow – once on the M8 near the airport in April 2014.

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