As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Record numbers of Blue-throated Macaws spotted


10 Apr 2018

Although it’s in critical danger of extinction, there’s hope for the Blue-Throated Macaw. A series of conservation initiatives have led to record numbers of the bird being seen this past November.

By Samantha Moreno

When Tjalle Boorsma, a reserve coordinator at the Barba Azul Nature Reserve, surveyed the number of Blue-throated Macaws Ara glaucogularis this past November he counted 155, a new record.

The finding is significant because Blue-Throated Macaws are Critically Endangered, with just 250 to 300 left in the wild according to BirdLife. The population was initially decimated in the 80s when wild birds were caught and sold as pets. Live export of the parrots was banned in 1984, leading to a dramatic reduction in trade. However, the species did not bounce back, largely due to a lack of habitat and suitable breeding spaces.

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