A team of young conservationists in Ceará State, north-east Brazil, has discovered a small population of five grey-breasted parakeets (Pyrrhura griseipectus).
Fewer than 200 are known to survive in the wild, and all of them are in Ceará State. The team, employed by Brazilian NGO Aquasis, was granted a Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) Future Conservationist Award in 2012.
This award enabled the team to conduct several research expeditions to find new populations and improve knowledge about the parakeet’s range.
“Last year, as part of our CLP-funded project we found clues suggesting the presence of this species in an isolated mountain,” said Fabio Nunes, the project leader.
“It was only in March that we were able to confirm and document the finding.
“This discovery could be a new hope to add to the existing conservation efforts led by Aquasis and its partners.”