World Parrot Trust - Flock Talk eNewsletter
November 2016 | Issue 111

New Population Discovered

Blue-throated Macaw team co-founder of new group of birds

Blue-throated Macaw (c) José Antonio Díaz

There is good news from Bolivia - WPT’s Blue-throated Macaw Project team, with the Municipality of Exaltación, has found a new population of the rare macaws in the wild. The group was discovered on a survey to locate birds in previously unexplored areas. The Municipal Protected Area of the Great Tectonic Lakes of Exaltación, which was established a year ago, contains a minimum of ten adult birds – a significant number given how low the wild population has become. Less than 150 individuals are thought to remain in the wild.

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Timneh Parrots’ Future Uncertain

New data shows small populations in Guinea-Bissau

Timneh Parrot (c) Alison Hales

Timneh Parrots (Psittacus timneh) are one of the most threatened birds in Africa – and until recently little was known about their numbers in the wild. Now, a survey funded by SOS (Save Our Species - IUCN) and completed by scientists from the Coastal Planning Cabinet of Guinea-Bissau, the Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Areas (IBAP), Instituto Universitário, Portugal (ISPA) and the World Parrot Trust has shown that populations in Guinea-Bissau are very small, with only handfuls of birds seen on any of the counts.

Timnehs were placed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2012 as Vulnerable due to the impacts of trapping for the international pet trade and forest loss. WPT continues to work with multiple agencies and partners in West Africa to document and conserve these birds.

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Species Profile:

Barred Parakeet

Barred Parakeet (c) Timo Helgert

Genus:
Bolborhynchyus
Species: lineola

World Population: stable, unknown

Where found: B.l. lineola: S Mexico south to W Panama. B.l. tigrinus: NW Venezuela and Colombia south to C Peru.

Ecology and Behaviour: Found from 1500-3000m (4920-9840 ft) in montane forests in subtropical zone, humid evergreen forest, pine forest, dry open woodland, clearings and pastures with tall trees. Eats catkins, bamboo seeds and plant material/fruit. Sometimes forages in cultivated areas for maize. Social; forms large communal roosts in tops of tall trees. Seen in smaller groups or pairs during dry season.

Threat Summary: Low risk at present.

IUCN Red List/CITES: Least Concern/Appendix II

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Who am I?
This parrot is found in arid parts of Africa. What is it?

Who am I?
This species’ ecology is not well known. Name it.

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This parrot is heavily impacted by the wildlife trade.
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Preparing for Avian Emergencies

WPT Podcast


It can be a frightening time for a parrot caregiver when a bird falls ill or an accident occurs. Knowing which emergency situations are commonly seen by veterinarians, assembling a First Aid kit for your home, and having a back-up plan when your own vet is unavailable are just some of the ways to prepare yourself for emergencies. Dr. Ellen Cook stresses the importance of being prepared before a crisis occurs, and provides suggestions for keeping companion parrots healthy and safe.

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The Soil-eating Parrot


Southern Mealy Amazons and Blue-headed parrots need to get their daily dose of dirt. Many species of parrot ingest clay soils to neutralise toxins found in some of the seeds they eat - it’s a form of antacid for the birds. The clay also contains minerals and salts that they need.

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Ask an Expert: Keeping Parrots Together or by Themselves

Jim McKendry, BTeach BAppSc (Wildlife Biology)


Parrots are, with a few exceptions, social animals which require interaction and comfort from others of their own kind. Behaviour expert Jim McKendry emphasizes the importance of keeping companion parrots together and socialised, much as they would in the wild.

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