What do we know about breeding biology of the Timneh parrot?

October 5th, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
What do we know about breeding biology of the Timneh parrot?
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The Timneh parrot is one of the most popular parrots in captivity. But why is that we know almost nothing about its biology? There is lack of information about nesting, reproductive productivity and data about their quantity in the wild. IUCN website brought us an information that new SOS-supported project from Guinea-Bissau decided to answer these questions.

People from the Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Areas cooperated with parrot trappers and biologists from Portugal and also a person from World Parrot Trust who is a member of IUCN as well. They have been using remote cameras and guards so could find out more about biology of this species and also protect it from trappers.

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Dr. Rowan Martin who is in charge of this project said to SOS: “For a species that readily breeds in captivity it is remarkable that the breeding behaviour of Timneh parrots has never been investiagted in the wild. It’s not easy to do, but little by little this project is lifting the lid on the private lives of parrots and providing insights valuable for their conservation”.

Recorded video shows that Timneh parrots use for nesting holes of the biggest trees. Some are more than 50 metres high. This might be a obstacle for poachers because it’s really risky to climb it. When trappers are taking the chicks out of the nest they destroy the nesting hole very often. That’s why suitable nesting holes persist only at such height.

This project recorded the first video of Timneh parrot breeding behaviour.

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Title photo: (c) Diana. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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