A Record Number of Red-tailed Amazons, and How Nestboxes Have Helped


Restricted to a narrow coastal strip of Atlantic rainforest in southeast Brazil, the Red-tailed Amazon is a threatened species, but for which there is real optimism. At the end of the 1990's, BirdLife International estimated its entire population at between 2,500 and 3,500 individuals, and it was classified as 'Endangered' in the Red List of Threatened Species. Responding to that serious situation, since 1997 the Loro Parque Fundacion (LPF) has been supporting in situ conservation actions to prevent the sissappearance of this handsome species.

The results of these consevation measures are very encouraging. Since they began, the population has gradually increased year-by-year, and the most recent census, conducted in 2014, has revealed a population which now numbers a record 7,452 individuals. The LPF first supported Pedro Scherer-Neto, of the Curitiba Natural History Museum, to undertake the annual counts, which in the most recent decade have been continued by the Society for Wildlife Research and Environmental Education (SPVS- Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educacao Ambiental). The partnership between the LPF and SPVS is not only the conduct....