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Jamie Gilardi, PhD

Wild parrots at Rio Abajo

Parrot Blogger: Jamie Gilardi, PhD | Oct 14, 2017

Many thanks for your response to the crisis in Puerto Rico - it has been uplifting to see the outpouring of concern. We have had good news from the Rio Abajo aviary: the project team has confirmed sightings of wild Puerto Rican Amazons.  

"We've counted groups of wild iguaca in Rio Abajo. A...

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Jamie Gilardi, PhD

Their forests were decimated…

Parrot Blogger: Jamie Gilardi, PhD | Oct 04, 2017

“The aviary took massive damage during the storm, and the Rio Abajo forest can barely be called a forest anymore.”  
~ Tanya Martínez, Conservation Biologist on site at Rio Abajo Aviary, Puerto Rico

With sustained winds at 155mph, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on September 20, cutting...

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Rowan Martin, PhD

South Africa’s Cape parrots recognised as a separate species

Parrot Blogger: Rowan Martin, PhD | Jun 16, 2017

The taxonomy of one of South Africa’s most iconic birds, the ‘Green and Gold’ Cape Parrot, appears finally to be settled, with various national, regional, and international bodies reaching consensus that they should be considered a distinct species. 

'Cape parrots', which will be known as ...

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Rowan Martin, PhD

Endangered African parrots seized from illegal trade

Parrot Blogger: Rowan Martin, PhD | Feb 16, 2017

Last month two seizures of wild Timneh parrots in illegal trade were made in Liberia and taken to a purpose-built facility at Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary. The birds have responded well to emergency medical treatment and are already showing signs of recovery after their stressful ordeal, according to...

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