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A very special egg – a Spix’s Macaw
Saturday, April 22 2006 @ 12:40 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation A little Spix’s Macaw was the Easter present of the world’s rarest parrot species, which has been extinct in the wild since October 2000 in its home country of Brazil. It can only be saved by means of a captive breeding programme. This egg comes from the only active breeding pair at present found in a zoological garden.

The chances for optimal development of this nestling are good and the Loro Parque Fundación is optimistic that another Spix’s Macaw will grow to be an adult and contribute to the conservation of its species.

Currently in the official breeding programme of the Brazilian Government there are only twelve living birds, including this chick, found worldwide (five birds in Sao Paulo Zoo, Brazil, five birds in the Loro Parque Fundación, Tenerife,) and another pair at a private centre in Brazil. Of these, the only breeding pair is kept in the Loro Parque Fundación. After the two Spix’s Macaws that hatched in 2004, this chick represents the third success of this pair.

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New species of parrot, mouse found in Philippines
Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 01:12 AM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
Views: 6103
Conservation MANILA: A brightly plumaged parrot and a long-tailed forest mouse unique to the Philippines have been discovered in the vanishing rainforest of a tiny tropical island, US-based researchers said.


Camiguin, a volcanic island in the southern Philippines, is a treasure trove for fauna, and already had an endemic species of rodent and frog before the discovery of the rusty brown mouse and the green hanging parrot, known among locals as "Colasisi".

But Camiguin's wildlife was at risk from deforestation, researchers, writing in "Fieldiana: Zoology", a scientific journal published by the Chicago-based Field Museum of Natural History, warned.

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Illegal Parrot Traders Beware
Wednesday, February 15 2006 @ 11:01 AM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
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Conservation New Era (Windhoek) Namibia. February 14, 2006

Conservationists and bird lovers want to go into cooperation with the Protected Resources Unit to clean up the illegal trade in parrots.

While the Grey Headed parrot is under tremendous pressure at the moment, due to an increased illegal capture and trade, another species which is endemic to Namibia, the Ruppel's Parrot went out in thousands some 10 to 12 years ago.

Studies indicate that between 600 and 1 000 Ruppel's birds that are near endemic to Namibia, are illegally smuggled out of Namibia every year.

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Overseas help for endangered parrot
Monday, February 13 2006 @ 10:35 AM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
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Conservation Feb 12, 2006

New Zealand conservationists are flying in help from overseas in an effort to save the endangered Kakapo.

The birds have become increasingly infertile but it is hoped a foreign expert can inject new life into the breeding programme.

Endangered Birds Specialist Dr Juan Blanco has flown half way across the world to help solve the fertility problems of its only flightless parrot.

Blanco's expertise is as rare as the birds he works with. The artificial insemination of endangered birds.

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Evolutionary theory aids species conservation
Saturday, January 21 2006 @ 11:39 AM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
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Conservation Monday, 16 January 2006, 2:29 pm
Press Release: University of Canterbury
16 January 2006

Evolutionary theory aids species conservation

Two University of Canterbury biologists are part of a team whose evolutionary informed approach to conservation is aiding the recovery of New Zealand’s critically endangered parrot, the kakapo.

Dr Bruce Robertson and Associate Professor Neil Gemmell (Biological Sciences) are members of a research team that has just had a paper published in the Royal Society of London’s prestigious journal Biology Letters. The manuscript outlines how the team, led by Dr Robertson, used sex allocation theory to remedy a conservation dilemma. A key prediction of sex allocation theory is that females in good condition should produce more sons.

The kakapo, which today has a population of 86 located on a handful of small island sanctuaries, is the subject of much global conservation interest. They only breed every two to five years and about 58% of eggs do not hatch.

Providing breeding females with extra food over the past decade has improved breeding frequency and chick survival, but at a recently-recognised cost: females in better condition were producing more sons.


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Macaws in the famous sky over Holland
Friday, January 06 2006 @ 03:42 PM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
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Conservation 20 years ago I first heard about Macaws flying freely in my home country of the Netherlands. I was watching a television show presented by famous Dutch comedian and nature show host Ivo de Wijs. He talked about a 17th century estate in the west of The Netherlands that was recently bought by the national forest service. He pictured the audience a romantic view on the history of the estate with many tropical plants that, like magic, got a foothold in its 17th century landscape.

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