Research and conservation of the endemic parrots of Luzon

In the Philippines there are a dozen species of parrots, eleven of which are endemic. 67 percent of them are threatened. To this alarming situation one can also add a great lack of knowledge about their needs in terms of habitat, feeding and breeding, and even the threats they face. The project supported by Loro Parque Foundation focuses on the island of Luzon, where there are several threatened species such as the Green Raquet-tail.

Green Raquet-tail (Prioniturus luconensis) – Endangered
Guaiabero (Bolbopsittacus lunulatus) – Least Concern
Philippine Hanging-parrot (Loriculus philippensis) - Least Concern
Blue-naped Parrot (Tanygnathus lucionensis) - Near Threatened
Blue-crowned Raquet-tail (Prioniturus discurus) – Vulnerable
Montane Raquet-tail (Prioniturus montanus) – Near Threatened
Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia) – Critically Endangered
Blue-backed Parrot (Tanygnathus sumatranus) – Least Concern

Conservation status: Up to Category CR (Critically Endangered) in the Red List of the IUCN
Wild population de P. luconensis: 5.000, declining.
Captive population: Number unknown.

Objectives
Obtain the necessary scientific knowledge on the ecology and distribution of species as a basis for the adoption of appropriate conservation measures for species of parrots of the island.

Strategies
The project has enabled the use of standardized distance sampling at seven study sites. This is to generate estimates of abundance and distribution, by means of records of the birds.

Actions
The team has managed to cover more than 400 kilometers with distance sampling and has collected more than 3,500 records of birds, of which 600 are parrots (the rest is made up of 19 species of pigeons, three of them without any records). The results suggest that all species studied, except the Guaiabero and Philippine hanging-parrot, are rare and are restricted to a few places.

The Philippines
Isla de Luzon

Local Partner
Universidad de Filipinas (Diliman)

Other organizations involved
Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom)

Funds since 2009: 104,148 $