The fourth group of Vinaceous Amazons is going to be released in Araucárias National Park

January 22nd, 2016 | by LubosTomiska
The fourth group of Vinaceous Amazons is going to be released in Araucárias National Park
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Thirteen birds will reinforce the current population of Vinaceous Amazons (Amazona vinacea) in Brazilian national park Araucárias. Since 2010, this is the fourth group being released there. In total, 76 birds get back to the wild. Because of the intensive illegal trade and poaching this species is classified in CITES I Appendix. Most of released individuals come from confiscated shipments.

„At this moment 13 healthy Vinaceous Amazons are about to be prepared for release. We had to exclude five parrots because they didn’t pass through behavioural tests. In one male we have noticed copulation with other two females,“ said representatives of Carijós Institute.

The national park Araucária is found in the western part of Brazilian region Santa Catarina. In December, researchers counted 13 individuals in the local population. The first group was released in 2011. At that time, this species came back to the this area after long 20 years.



Conservationists announced 2016 as The Year of Parrots

Before final release, all birds are under the strict training which is about controlled release monitored by transmitters placed on the neck of every individual. Each transmitter is powered by a micro battery which can last for seven months without recharging. During this time conservationists would like birds to learn everything necessary to survive. The project also includes education of local people who shouldn’t try to get in contact with released birds as they need to get natural shyness.



(c) Vanessa Kanaan. Espaco Silvestre

(c) Espaco Silvestre

(c) Espaco Silvestre


Thanks to transmitters, researchers know everything about movement of released birds. For example, in the last month they found out that one of the males visited five different places around the city Passos Maia. The birds was released at locality Mario Del Monte. Researchers also hired guards who help them to protect released parrots. Representatives of the conservation project announced this year as The Year of Parrots. They believe that this might help in conservation of Vinaceous Amazons as well as Red-browed Amazons (Amazona rhodocorytha), Red-tailed Amazons (Amazona brasiliensis) and Blue-fronted Amazons (Amazona aestiva).


Title photo: (c) Vanessa Kanaan



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