The Parrot Wildlife Foundation starts to be more active in the ex situ activity. The foundation has already acquired non-consanguineous pairs of Vinaceous-breasted amazons and of Ara militaris. They will join us when the foundation is built at the end of 2018.
These two species are currently with a certified breeder.
These 2 species have been chosen because they are on the verge of extinction.
The Vinaceous-Breasted Amazon :
The Amazon includes twelve species of parrots in Brazil. Four subspecies of them are threatened with extinction. The Vinaceous-Breasted Amazon is among these four species.
In Brazil, it covers a wide area from South Bahia to Rio Grande do Sul, and in Paraguay and Argentina.
The Vinaceous-Breasted Amazon is characterized by its size (35 cm/ 13,78 in long). It is a green parrot with a bluish nape, and a vinous-maroon breast. Its life expectancy is thirty years and there remains only about 2650 in the world!
That’s why this species is our priority.
It is key to preserve the Vinaceous-Breasted Amazon and to guarantee their reproduction.
The Military macaw:
The Military macaw looks like the Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus), but it is smaller, and it has a darker green plumage. It has a red forehead, dark gray legs, and the iris yellow. It is 70 cm long and weighs 900 – 1134g on average. The female is slightly smaller than the male.
The Military macaw lives in Latin America (Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador) and includes 3 subspecies.
This parrot inhabits the mountains, semi-arid woodlands, and subtropical forest.
This species is in danger of extinction and is in Appendix 1 of CITES since 1987.
Its life expectancy is from 60 to 80 years.
Human activities threaten this seldom parrot – its habitat keeps disappearing – which explains they are only a few number in the world.
That’s why we have also chosen this species as a priority.
Thanks to your donations, we can finally develop our ex situ activity in addition to send them abroad. Your help will bring these projects to life because we are together.