Numbers of CITES I parrot species kept in the Czech Republic 2013/2014

January 20th, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
Numbers of CITES I parrot species kept in the Czech Republic 2013/2014

It was a successful year for Czech breeders of CITES parrot species. For example, within the last year, breeders have bred or imported the biggest number of Golden Conures birds ever. According to the CITES I statistics which is managed by the czech Ministry of Environment there were 45 extra individuals. Total number grew from 114 in 2013 to 159 at the end of 2014. There is no other endangered birds in CITES I where such rapid growth would be recorded.

We can’t say that these statistics are totally exact as they reflect the trade only since 2004 when the central registry for whole state was established. What is more – according to Ondrej Kloucek from the Ministry of Environment, these statistics don’t include endangered birds which were acquired before the Czech Republic become a part of CITES convention. The total number of bred CITES parrot species will be that higher surely. However, it’s species dependent and in some cases current numbers really reflect their abundance in the Czech Republic.



Source: czech Ministry of Environment


Many endangered birds have increased in numbers

If we will compare both half years in 2014, the growth was the most intensive in case of the Double yellow-Headed Amazon (Amazona oratrix). We recorded the same situation within the year 2013 however consequently there was a stagnation. The rapid growth of this endangered birds within this year even outstripped the most popular CITES parrot species, the Cuban Amazon (Amazona leucocephala). In this case, there were 61 new birds in total number of 1 097 individuals within the last half year.

We recorded noticeable growth also in the Vinaceous amazon (Amazona vinacea, 42 extra birds in total number of 479) and the Yellow-naped Amazon (Amazona auropalliata, 36 extra birds on 179 in total). It was an extremely successful half-year for the Red-tailed Amazon (Amazona brasiliensis, 12 on total number 68 individuals) and the Red-browed Amazon (Amazona rhodocorytha, 7 extra birds on total number 113 individuals). Unfortunately, we have to mention also decrease in the Tucuman Amazona (Amazona tucumana) which slowly become rare species in our facilities.


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Photo: Double yellow-headed Amazon, (c) Gary Denness. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.


Bad season for some CITES parrot species

Interesting changes have happened in big macaw species. In case of the Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) there were 17 new registered individuals. Very successful year was recorded for the Blue-headed Macaw (Primolius couloni) with 20 new birds. We can appreciate that in the wild critically endangered birds Blue-throated Macaw (Ara glaucogularis) does well in czech captive population (6 new birds within the last half-year on 89 birds in total).

The most popular macaw species – the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) didn’t have a good year, the total number stagnated on 425. However, it was very successful year for the Blue-winged Macaw (Primolius maracana, 20 new birds on 346 individuals in total). The Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys) rised by 9 new birds within the second half-year. The rarest species is still the Lear’s Macaws (Anodorhynchus leari) 3 individuals in ZOO Prague) and then the Buffon’s Macaw (40 birds in total).


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Photo: Scarlet Macaw, (c) Peter. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.


The captive population of Palm Cockatoos and Red-vented Cockatoos grew

As for cockatoo endangered species, the most popular are Yellow-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua sulphurea, 20 individuals were addded within the last half-year on total number 219). It was quite sucessful year for Moluccan Cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis, 13 new birds on 161 in total). In case of rare CITES parrot species, there were 4 Palm Cockatoos (Probosciger atterimus) bred or imported within 2014 on total number 50. Very valuable is the grewth of Red-vented Cockatoos (Cacatua haematuropygia) which are the rarest in the Czech Republic.

Every citizen of every state comming under the CITES convention should have access to national statistics. Please, ask your local authorities for these data and share it with us! Thank you!


Title photo from the left: Golden Conure ((c) SchultzLabs. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic), Red-tailed Amazon ((c), This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.), Red-vented Cockatoo ((c) Patrick Gijsbers. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.


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