Parrot returns to Cook Islands after 200 years
Posted: 27 September 2007 08:19 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Two centuries after a dazzlingly feathered parrot called the Rimitara lorikeet disappeared from the Cook Islands, a breeding colony of the birds has been re-established with the help of the islands’ royalty.

About 100 years ago after the parrots died out on the Cook Islands, the queen of Rimitara Island in French Polynesia to the east issued a royal decree that locals say saved the last naturally occurring population of the lorikeet, one of the Pacific’s most beautiful parrots.

The decree prevented lorikeets from being caught and removed from Rimitara. But now her royal counterpart, Queen Rongomatane of Atiu in the Cook Islands, has accompanied 27 of the birds on the journey back to her island. Already, the birds have spread over the whole 30 square kilometers (12 square miles) of Atiu, a coral atoll also known as Enuamanu (land of the birds) 187 kilometers (117 miles) northeast of Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands.

Full story at: http://www.hindu.com/holnus/008200709271390.htm

For more info on the species see: http://www.parrots.org/index.php/encyclopedia/profile/kuhls_lorikeet/

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Posted: 27 September 2007 10:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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By the way the Kuhl’s Lorikeet project got a World Parrot Trust Action Grant earlier this year, so good to hear more about the release.  We are looking forward to getting a report on this for PsittaScene soon.

Ali

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