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Night Parrot - near extinction - confirmed in Australian Outback
Friday, February 16 2007 @ 03:37 PM UTC
Contributed by: Paul Brennan
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Conservation Bad news for one night parrot, good for species
Greg Roberts
February 16, 2007


ONE "dead" parrot in Queensland has risen phoenix-like from the ashes, as another has been given its last rites. The Australian has learned that National Parks and Wildlife Service officers have found a dead night parrot in the state's far west, confirming the survival of Australia's rarest bird.

In a discovery of international significance, the parrot was found in November in the Diamantina Lakes region after it flew into a barbed-wire fence. The Government has kept the find secret to avoid birdwatchers searching for night parrots while it does a survey to find more.

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Major decline in wild bird populations - conservation group says
Monday, January 01 2007 @ 11:26 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 4445
Sunday, December 31st 2006

A local bird watching group says there is a "major decline" in wild bird populations.

According to the Guyana Amazon Tropical Birds Society (GATBS), the inability of local exporters to fill their quotas for some species highlights a big drop in the numbers of wild birds and is cause for great concern. In a statement the group says local exporters are finding it difficult to acquire some of the most demanded species on the market. Currently, parrots and macaws, which are favoured as pets abroad, are highly sought-after for trade. The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, the Festive Parrot, the Blue Cheeked Parrot, the Caica Parrot and the Orange-winged Parrot have been identified as some of the species that have suffered a decrease in numbers. Some traders are reporting that they have not been able to acquire as little as 60 birds of one species over the past year. "This emphasises the detriment to the wild populations when extensive harvesting is being carried out without constant monitoring," the GATBS says. "Such a vast decline in the wild bird population poses a serious threat not only to the future of the bird trade but also the tourism industry which is promoting birding as a major activity."

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Officials to free Puerto Rican parrots
Friday, November 10 2006 @ 06:21 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 5136
Conservation The Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Twenty-one Puerto Rican parrots raised in captivity will be released - a first attempt to create a new population of the threatened species by reintroducing it into an area where it previously existed, U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday.

The parrots - which are bright green with a red forehead and wings that flash turquoise in flight - will be let go at the Rio Abajo aviary in Utuado on Sunday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement.

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Talking parrot under threat
Thursday, July 06 2006 @ 04:20 PM UTC
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views: 7122
Conservation Thursday, 06 Jul 2006 11:17
- Peterborough Evening Telegraph, UK

Britain's most popular talking parrot, the African grey, is under threat, wildlife campaigners have warned.

According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), numbers of the parrot are declining in the 23 countries in which it is found as a result of the trade in wild birds.

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Save Cayman’s wild parrots
Thursday, June 22 2006 @ 04:34 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 4772
Conservation --by Linda P. Myers

As the mangos ripen, and because there is very little food in the remaining forests since Hurricane Ivan, wild parrots are converging on the farms – the only places they can find food. Farmers, seeing so many parrots, believe that there are still as many as before the storm, so they are shooting the parrots as they come in to feed on the mangos.


Those of us that care should be willing to help bear the financial burden of finding a way to save the wild Cayman Parrot, even if it means buying the mangos damaged by parrots. The farmers are just doing what they’ve always done, but now, there are too few parrots left to continue with this old–fashioned method of protecting mango crops.

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Cape Parrot starting to thrive again in SA
Wednesday, June 07 2006 @ 04:06 PM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
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Conservation June 02 2006 By Sara Oelofse

Preliminary results from the annual national census of the endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus), the only parrot endemic to South Africa, are positive, suggesting more birds have been seen than in previous years.

A member of the Cape Parrot Working Group and the co-ordinator of the research, Professor Colleen Downs of the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said that during this year's count over the first weekend in May, some flocks of juvenile parrots were seen, which was very encouraging.

Historically, the birds were more common and had a greater range, but their numbers have declined greatly and it is estimated that about 1 000 remain in the wild and only in three of the country's provinces.

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