With an estimated wild population of 2,500-10,000 individuals the Yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot is vulnerable due to habitat loss, drought, predation and intense poaching. As a result of these pressures populations of these parrots will crash if nothing is done to aid their survival.
The World Parrot Trust, in association with the University of Sheffield, initiated research on the Yellow-shouldered Amazon beginning in the fall of 2005 and is supporting the efforts of two PhD students, Sam Williams and Rowan Martin on Bonaire, an island off of the north coast of Venezuela. The island is home to an estimated flock of 650 parrots and the two students are investigating a variety of aspects of Amazon parrot biology including factors limiting nesting success and habitat use, life history patterns and aspects of breeding and mate choice. The World Parrot Trust has also supported efforts on the island to create an educational awareness program highlighting the plight of this species and efforts to save it
In addition to these efforts, the Trust is supporting the work of Adriana Rodríguez-Ferraro from the Dept. of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, to assess the patterns genetic diversity in this species small and fragmented population base. The outcome of this analysis will be used to help prioritize conservation areas of focus.
To learn more about our efforts to save this species:
Read a first-hand account of the fieldwork by visiting Sam Williams' blog.
Sam Williams and his fellow researchers in Bonaire have also launched Parrotwatch, which aims to follow the lives of three yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot pairs in their natural habitat on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. Parrotwatch works in close partnership with Salba Nos Lora (Save Our Parrot) a non-governmental group on Bonaire. SNL are actively involved conservation efforts to raise awareness of the parrot's status within the community on Bonaire. Their work involves a variety of approaches from coordinating education campaigns, planting fruit trees and conducting annual lora population counts, through to encouraging law enforcement. Money raised through Parrotwatch will support the efforts of Salba Nos Lora.
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