Why are artificial nests needed?

Many endangered parrot species do not have enough natural nesting sites.
By providing nesting sites, these parrots will have more opportunity to reproduce and survive.
The artificial nests allow the study of the species’ nesting habits.

Overall Project Goal

Implement a strategy to increase the successful reproduction of endangered parrot species in Colombia.
Twelve species of Colombian parrots are threatened with extinction. Loss and fragmentation of habitat and shortage of nesting sites are two key reasons these parrot populations are declining.

Six of these threatened species have been identified for artificial nest boxes. They include:

Fuertes’s Parrot Hapalopsittaca fuertesi
Rusty-Faced Parrot Hapalopsittaca amazonina
Golden-Plumed Conure Leptosittaca branickii
Yellow-Eared Conure Ognorhynchus icterotis
Brown-Breasted Conure Pyrrhura calliptera
Santa Marta Conure Pyrrhura viridicata

The project team will study available nesting sites and species requirements.
They have developed detailed plans for nest boxes, built and installed nest boxes.
Ongoing studies will include the monitoring of nest boxes and sites.
Other activities of the project are nest box maintenance and relocation as well as
developing safe ascent Methods for artificial nests
.

The International Conure Association
is collecting funds to assist with this conservation effort.

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