Timneh Parrots’ Future Uncertain
New data shows small populations in Guinea-Bissau
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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