Latest news from ACTP: 2 Spix’s Macaws and 1 St Vincent Amazon hatched, 9 Lear’s Macaws imported from Qatar

June 24th, 2016 | by LubosTomiska
Latest news from ACTP: 2 Spix’s Macaws and 1 St Vincent Amazon hatched, 9 Lear’s Macaws imported from Qatar
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The collection of blue macaws is growing fast at German ACTP. Nine Lear’s Macaws and one Spix’s Macaws were imported from Qatar in May. As result, there are 15 Lear’s Macaws in Berlin now. „The arrival of this extremely precious cargo will further strengthen the captive populations of both species at our breeding facility in Berlin and assist in the quest to save these beautiful blue macaws.,” said representatives of ACTP on the official facebook page. According to Katrin Scholtyssek from ACTP, imported Lear’s Macaws are two to four years old which means that some of them may possibly breed in the following years.

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Incubation Handraising Macaws White Cockatoos

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Juan Cornejo, bird curator of Loro Parque Fundación and coordinator of the species studbook, said in the recent interview that low genetic diversity is the main issue of the conservation project:

“More than 70 chicks have been raised and the population is growing well, however more than half of the current population descends from those five pairs, and that doesn’t help to increase the genetic diversity of the population.”

Because of that, institutions which are involved in the program started exchanging birds. For example in February, LPF has sent nine Lear’s Macaws to Brazil.

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The first successful breeding of St Vincent Amazon

It seems that this season is going to be prolific at ACTP. Except of above mentioned success with Lear’s Macaws, two Spix’s Macaws were hatched there. Both are offspring of another breeding pair and therefore they are unrelated to the last babies. The breeding season has not been finished yet so there is still a good chance that the result from the last year (four raised chicks) can be repeated.

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Another great success is the first successful breeding of the St Vincent Amazon in history of ACTP. According to IUCN, this species is classified as “vulnerable” and the wild population counts less than a thousand individuals. In cooperation with St Vincent government ACTP runs a conservation project which aims to establish a strong captive population and also tries to protect this parrot in its natural habitat. Because of that, most of captive St Vincent Amazons from the whole world have been collected by ACTP. There are only a few pairs left in other private collections. In one of these collections, this species is being bred regularly.

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Title photo: (c) ACTP

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