Record year for endangered Colombian parrot

Yellow-eared parrot population at all-time high

October 2010: After a record breeding season, the yellow-eared parrot population in Tolima, Columbia, is at an all-time high. Although still endangered, with just 727 birds, 291 chicks fledged from 131 nests this year.

Efforts to save the yellow-eared parrot began in 1998, when Fundacion ProAves with support from the Loro Parque Fundacion and American Bird Conservancy, launched the Yellow-Eared Parrot Project, with the primary objective of ensuring the species’ survival, as well as protecting its habitat in the Colombian Andes.

Through the population census conducted in Tolima in recent months, the largest count of individuals and chicks in the history of yellow-eared parrot project has been established.

There were 727 individuals of the species, 291 were registered as chicks in 131 nests located around the town, in the municipality. This data is evidence of a significant increase in the population of Yellow-eared Parrot. This report comes after the IUCN lowered the threatened category of the yellow-eared parrot from critically endangered to endangered in May.

The recovery of populations of this species is due to the numerous efforts in environmental research and education made by the Foundation ProAves during the successful development of the 11-year project.

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