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Rehabilitation and release of Vinaceous Amazon Parrots

Organisation: World Parrot Trust

Country: Brazil

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Rehabilitation and release of Vinaceous Amazon Parrots

The Vinaceous Amazon parrot is a distinctive looking parrot with characteristic purple feathers variably spread around the breast and neck areas giving it its name from the wine coloration. Once widespread throughout eastern South America, now populations are isolated due to heavy deforestation coupled with capture for the illegal trade. Since June 2011 a project for rehabilitation and release of Vinaceous Amazons where they were once extinct is being carried out at the conservation area of The Lymington Foundation (a 36 ha area of Atlantic Rainforest) in collaboration with The World Parrot Trust and the Brazillian environmental authorities.

Activities include:

  • Rehabilitating confiscated Amazons Parrots.
  • Food preparation, and daily husbandry practices involving captive birds including environmental enrichment techniques.
  • Veterinary procedures and behavioral analysis to select candidates.
  • Flight training and preparation to recognize wild food sources and predators.
  • Collecting wild food types around the region.
  • Tracking and monitoring released birds.
  • Managing artificial nest boxes around the area, and monitoring nestlings to maximize the survival of the offspring.

Highly motivated volunteers with a background on/or interested on pursuing a career or developing scientific studies at the project on Veterinary Sciences, Biology, Zoology or related fields are preferred but enthusiastic people from other areas that love birds, especially parrots, and want to contribute to their survival are also sought. 

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  • Rehabilitation and release of Vinaceous Amazon Parrots

    The Vinaceous Amazon is an endangered species of Amazon parrot with approximately 1,500-2,000 individuals remaining in Brazil with a decreasing trend. Starting in 2011, a rehabilitation and release project was begun in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Groups of birds are being reintroduced to recolonize an area in their natural range where the species was previously extinct.

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