wild yellow-faced parrots termiteria

The Mysterious and Threatened Yellow-faced Parrot

Not much is known about the mysterious yellow-faced parrot in Paraguay, except that their populations are threatened. They are unusual in that they nest in termiteria, on the ground, and have unusual feather patterns and colors that seem to change as they age. We were awed as we sought to understand them.

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Turquoise-fronted amazons parrots playing at roost site in Paraguay

Hundreds of Parrots at New Roost Site in Paraguay

During a recent expedition to Paraguay, we searched for poorly understood parrot populations in the area of Concepcion. We were astounded to discover a roost site of nearly 375 amazon parrot, including the orange-winged parrot that was not known to exist in Paraguay only a few years ago.

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Turquoise-fronted parrot flushed from nest in Paraguay

Endangered Species Smuggled to Europe in a Suitcase

On a recent parrot conservation trip to Paraguay, Dr. LoraKim Joyner confirmed the heavy toll of poaching to supply the international illegal wildlife trade in parrots. Traffickers design suitcases to incubate eggs and transport very young chicks, even before their eyes open.

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Home oranged-chinned parakeet, Valle, Honduras

The Lives of Parrots and People – Part III

People love their homed parrots in Honduras, bringing company and beauty into their lives This behavior however is devastating the wild parrot population and results in low welfare conditions for the birds in the home. We can help the people care for their parrots better, both in the wild and the home.

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Miskito girl with homed scarlet macaw

The Lives of Parrots and People

Stories of parrots and people together are full of all aspects of the animal condition; beauty, tragedy, care, compassion, and loss. Today we tell stories of crimson-fronted parakeets, red-lored amazons, scarlet macaws, and the Miskito indigenous people of Honduras.

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Yellow-naped Amazon parrot eating mangos en Valle, Honduras.

Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots on the Pacific Coast of Honduras

Not much is known or recorded about the current population of yellow-naped amazon parrots on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. We went there in mid-June to get an idea of the area, do a quick count, and make plans for future conservation efforts. This area is known as Costa de los Amates and it is where one can find the remaining mangrove swamps in Honduras.

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Children with Rosita at school in San Francisco, Guatemala

Sleeping Under Parrots and Stars

Under stars and parrots, peace can be found, and even multiplied a thousand times if we protect, care for, and cherish our winged companions on this earth and in our hearts. In Guatemala and Honduras, brave people are making a difference, bringing peace and hope to our world.

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Roseatte spoonbill on Bird Island, Nicaragua

Islands of Hope

These islands in Lake Cocibolca are wonderful places to visit. You can see so many parrots, as well as other kinds of birds. Your eco-tourist dollars will go a long way in supporting the conservationists of these islands so they can protect their birds. Consider a trip soon to give the people there hope, and to grow hope in your own homeland.

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Pacific parakeet eating Madero flowers

Plethora of Parakeets, Ometepe, Nicaragua

Pacific parakeets are flowering on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. As they are so little studied, we don’t know if their numbers are higher or lower than before, but we do know that in the past month they appeared in high numbers with their newly fledged chicks among them.

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Sunset La Gracia, Guatemala

Thanks upon Thanks (Gracias a la Gracia)

The sun is ever with us out in the field working on parrot conservation. We are out early saying goodbye to the stars, and hello to the sun, and the reverse in the evening before we finish our day. We do this so the sun won’t set on parrots, ever.

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Orange-fronted parakeet in Maria del Mar, Guatemala

Growing Yellow-naped Parrot Conservation in Guatemala

What happens when a loose band of wanna-be conservationists get together in Guatemala to save the yellow-naped amazon parrot? They become leaders in conservation, forming a group known as COLORES, which is dedicated to cherishing and preserving the South Coast of Guatemala. Here are some of their stories.

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Rescue and Liberation Center of Mabita

Without the Forest There is Nothing

Because of Mamma Macaw, these giant rainbow birds are flying free. And because of them, her heart might know sadness, but knows joy and beauty even more so. In this video interview she tells of her experience with these birds in her native Miskito language, as well as in Spanish.

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Santiago Lacuth climbing a macaw nest tree in La Moskitia, Honduras

Seeing Wild Chicks in Nests Makes Me Very Happy!

Dr. LoraKim Joyner interviews Santiago Lacuth, an indigenous leader of the Miskito people and also co-director of the new Rescue and Research Center of Mabita. He reports that he feels very happy when he see that the birds are in their wild nests, and have not been poached.

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Yellow-headed parrot chewing on bark

Saving Yellow-headed Parrots Means Ending Poaching, Now.

With my own hands, I took wild chicks from their parrot parents in Belize. It was for their own good due to the risk of poaching, but it still felt awful to do. For conservationists sake, the individual parrots, and for the species as a whole, parrot poaching in Latin America must end.

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Parrot Praises

If you count them, conservation will come! This is the hope of our parrot population work in Latin America. By knowing roughly the numbers of parrots present and where to find them, we can draw up realistic conservation plans, targeting the communities and organizations that will most likely produce success. Such is the case in Honduras, where the organization CC-O found 115 yellow-headed parrots!

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