Threatened parrots of the central Andes of Colombia

  • Published source details Quevedo A., Salaman P., Mayorquín A., Valle H.M., Osorno N., Solarte C., Reinoso R., Sanabria D., Carantón D., Díaz V., Osorno G. & Verhelst J.C. (2006) Loros amenazados de la Cordillera Central de Colombia. Conservación Colombiana, 1, 21-57.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Provide artificial nesting sites for parrots

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for parrots

    A replicated study in 2004-6 in four tropical montane sites in Colombia (Quevedo et al. 2006) found that four of five threatened parrot species bred and roosted in 240 nest boxes provided. Indigo-winged parrots Hapalopsittaca fuertesi, golden-plumed parakeets Leptosittaca branickii, flame-winged parakeets Pyrhura calliptera and Santa Marta parakeets P. viridicata all used the nest boxes, with an increase in the numbers of young individuals of indigo-winged parrots and golden-plumed parakeets entering natural populations. There was no evidence that rusty-faced parrots H. amazonina used boxes. Boxes were 100 x 25 x 25 cm with a 10-15 cm entrance hole, except for those designed for rusty-faced parrots, which were only 60 cm tall. All boxes had grooves to allow parrots to climb the inside.


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