Research and conservation of the African gray parrot

The African Grey Parrot is categorized as "Near Threatened", but the rapid loss and fragmentation of the forest, and capture for trade make us fear that soon it will be considered "Vulnerable". Despite its large geographical distribution, a greater knowledge of the species is necessary, especially the viability of existing populations in West and Central Africa. The current project is located in Ghana, but also continues the studies initiated in Cameroon.

Psittacus erithacus
Conservation status: Category NT (Near Threatened) in the Red List of the IUCN.
Wild population: Between 40.000 y 100.000 in the west of Africa
Captive population: Number unknown.

Objetive
Assess the sustainability of populations of Grey parrots in West Africa, in order to know their real situation and prevent their vulnerability with proposed new actions.

Strategies
The project addresses the main measures proposed by BirdLife International: to monitor wild populations and to determine their trends, and in that way to increase the capacity for conservation management in the countries where those populations are distributed.

Actions
The project focuses mainly on populations of western distribution, starting in Cameroon and continuing in Ghana. The field work is done by Nathaniel Annorbah, Ghana, and the research is part of the doctoral thesis prepared for the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). The supervisors are from that university and BirdLife International. The research is providing data on the distribution by region of Grey parrots, through fieldwork and modeling. It also assesses the volume of captures and gathers new information about the reproductive biology, essential for a good analysis of population viability. It seems that the species has suffered a collapse in Ghana, and an emergency plan for protection is being worked on. In Cameroon, although the species has suffered a decline, there are still viable populations.

Ghana and Camerún

· Partner Local
· Ghana Wildlife Society
· Universidad de Dschang (Camerún)

Other organizations involved
· Manchester Metropoilitan University
· Birdlife International

Funds since 2006: 271,398 $

Psittacus erithacus