Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots on the Pacific Coast of Honduras

Yellow-naped Amazon parrot eating mango before heading off to roost site in the coastal mangroves

Yellow-naped Amazon parrot eating a mango before heading off to roost site in the coastal mangroves

What a contrast to spend 2 months in La Moskitia, Honduras trying to help the parrots there, and then only a few days later, 24 hours in the department of Valle, Honduras.  It was all the time I had and knowing that every little bit makes a difference, I went with three other companions to do a quick survey of parrots in the area and to talk with local community members to discover what can be done to help the parrots and people there.

 

Orange-fronted parakeets feeding low to the ground

Orange-fronted parakeets feeding low to the ground

 

We did two quick counts near the towns of Ceiba, El Capulin, and El Conchal.  We were able to identify 79 distinct individual yellow-naped amazons (Amazona auropaliata).  In the evening these birds headed to the mangroves where they roost.  Of these 79 we saw 17 in family groups of 3 – 5 birds.   In our group we also counted 269 orange-fronted parakeets (Eupsittula canicularis), 7 orange-chinned parakeets (Brotogeris jugularis), 2 white-fronted amazons (Amazona albifrons), and 2 pacific parakeets (Psittacara holochlora strenua).

 

The locals say that in November the flocks of parakeets are so dense that it blocks the sun. I'd like to see that!

The locals say that in November the flocks of parakeets are so dense that it blocks the sun. I’d like to see that!

Our target species was the yellow-naped amazon, vulnerable along its entire range in Central America, and in many regions, no longer present or soon to be extirpated.  A quick review of houses in the area showed a number to have amazons and parakeets as pets, which they took from the surrounding area (I’ll highlight these birds in a later blog).

We hope to advance population monitoring in this area so we can define a conservation plan and grow awareness and consciousness of the plight of this species in Honduras.  Stay tuned in for future work in this area.

 

Area of counts in Honduras, with the El Salvador border within eyesight and the Nicaragua border not too far away

Area of counts in Honduras, with the El Salvador border within eyesight and the Nicaragua border not too far away

Thanks to our conservation team, Roger and Gustavo of Cuerpo de Conservación – Omoa, Jonathan of INCEBIO, LoraKim of One Earth Conservation and Alonzo and Lydia Flores for hosting us and feeding us in their lovely home!

 

Our conservation team (LoraKim, Lydia, Jonathan, Roger, Alonzo, Gustavo)

Our conservation team (LoraKim, Lydia, Jonathan, Roger, Alonzo, Gustavo)