Threatened parros of the Cordillera Central

The high elevation zone of the Cordillera Central has in its territory at least four endangered species (Fuertes's Parrot, Rufous-fronted Parakeet, Yellow-plumed Parakeet and Rusty-faced Parakeet).

Fuertes's Parrot (Hapalopsittaca fuertesi)
Rufous-fronted Parakeet (Bolborhynchus ferrugineifrons)
Golden-plumed Parakeet (Leptosittaca branickii)
Rusty-faced Parakeet (Hapalopsittaca amazonina)

Conservation status: Baltic:- Category CR (Critically Endangered) in the IUCN Red List.
Wild population (H. fuertesi): 250, increasing
Captive population: 0

Objectives
Conserve these threatened parrots, to be used by local communities as ambassadors for conservation of endangered Andean forests.

Strategies
Improve knowledge of these species by researching the locations of their feeding and nesting, and to make an estimate of the existing population. Other lines of work are the management of protected areas and awareness of the local population, as well as cooperation with local institutions and nationally.

Actions
Studies in the area show the serious effects of uncontrolled logging, which have caused a shortage of mature trees with natural cavities suitable for nesting. The situation was improved by installing 200 nesting boxes, which seem to have met the approval of many pairs. The ProAves Foundation has been instrumental in the creation of 5,023 hectares of protected area and the management of an additional 2,035 ha. The production of thousands of seedlings in nurseries has helped to recover more than 6,000 ha of forest. Other actions have been aimed at improving the training of the field team, and at the local community which is very involved, especially through schools and 16 community radio channels. They have learned about censuses, manipulation of nesting boxes, leg-ringing of chicks and the tasks related to protection and surveillance.

Colombia
Cordillera Central

Local Partner
Fundación ProAves

Other organizations involved
Alcaldía municipal de Génova Corporaciones autónomas y regionales

Funds since 2002: 777,847 $

Hapalopsittaca fuertesi