Pyrrhura Project, Colombia

In north-western Colombia, isolated populations of several endangered species of Pyrrhura parakeets exist. This project came too late for the Sinu Parakeet which, after two long years of searching, the team gave-up as extinct. The Flame-winged Parakeet was found to be vulnerable. Worse off are the Santa Marta and Perija Parakeets, both determined as Endangered and on which this project is concentrated. The biggest threat is the destruction of their habitats.

Santa Marta Parakeet (Pyrrhura viridicata)
Conservation status: Category EN (Endangered) in the Red List of the IUCN.
Conservation status: Category EN (Endangered) in the Red List of the IUCN. Wild population (P. viridicata): 4.500, declining.
Captive population: Inexistent.

Objectives
After confirming the wild status of these species, to protect the Santa Marta and Perijá Parakeets by means of establishing protected areas and specific measures for the recovery of their habitats, as well as the education of people living in the surroundings.

Actions
One of the first actions was the creation of protected areas for the two species on which the work has been focused. For the Santa Marta Parakeet the El Dorado natural reserve of 880 hectares was established, located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. For the Perija Parakeet the El Hormiguero de Tocura reserve was created in the north of Santander.
In the reserves, nest boxes were installed to replace the disappearance of nesting areas caused by deforestation. Another important action has been the removal of invasive pine and replanting of native species favoured by birds. The tree nursery is critical to this work, in which thousands of seedlings are produced for reforestation. We continue to work on identifying other areas of protection, searching for less fragmented populations in which to intervene.

Colombia
Sierra de Santa Marta
North Santander

Local Partner
ProAves

Other organizations involved
Autonomous and regional Corporations

Funds since 2005: 445,114 $

Pyhrrura viridicata