Parrot biologist Norlan Zambrana Morales climbing parrot nest trees

Climbing for Conservation Success

On a twin volcano island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, are a group of biologists supported by Lafeber Conservation who seek to cherish, study, and protect their parrots. Here is the latest update as the numbers of active nests they have discovered, and are protecting, is steadily climbing, as are they.

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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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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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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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School children in Bartola, Nicaragua wearing "Fly Free Great Green Macaw" wrist bands

Beautiful Bartola Base Camp

Ecotourism can be a win-win in conservation. Tourists have the chance to connect with habitats, species, and peoples who open up the world (and heart and mind) of the traveler, and their dollars go to support a community’s effort to preserve their ecological landscapes.

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Tropical kingbird collecting fruit for her chicks on Mancarroncito Island

Islands of Hope

Here once again I am pleased to report that we found more parrots than expected. This time it is with the yellow-naped amazon in Nicaragua on Mancarroncito Island in Lake Nicaragua. We still have much left to do to understand this species and to protect it, but we have hope, and will have continued pleasure to work in such a beautiful place with parrots, kingbirds, and Nicos (the people of Nicaragua).

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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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Black-hooded parakeet

Paraguayan Macaws in Peril

I know we are so often overwhelmed with dire news – climate change, extinction, loss of biodiversity, and refugees. I am aware of how today’s post is just one another in a long stream about the difficult situations for our world parrots, this time in Paraguay. I do believe we need to start with reality – of their situation, and of their beauty. From there, we can do wonders.

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Collared Aracari in Paraguay

Toasting Parrots Before They are Toast

Some say that grapes are the sweetest fruit of the vine, and I say that the vinaceous amazon parrot is about the most beautiful thing this earth grows. Grapes turned to wine means “infinite love” for Sufi poet Rumi. Indeed our love is infinite – let’s use it to keep these wine colored parrots flying free in Paraguay!

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