Monitoring and conservation of the Red-tailed Amazon

The shortage of nests by the progressive disappearance of preferred mature trees, habitat disturbance by tourism, and illegal poaching of chicks have previously damaged the Red-tailed Amazon population. The project has helped to reverse the trend and the population has grown from 2,500 individuals to at least 7,450 registered today. The project area has been in this case the state of Parana, on the south-east coast of Brazil.

Conservation status: Category VU (Vulnerable) in the Red List of the IUCN.
Wild population: 9.176, increasing.
Captive population: Total unknown. 51 in the European Species Programme (EEP)

Objectives
Halting the loss of important trees and promoting the recovery of the habitat of the species, in order to enable recovery and growth.

Strategies
The main strategy of this project has incorporated the monitoring and surveillance of nests, and the work with local communities to help provide alternative income to the felling of the trees needed for nesting, and the illicit removal of chicks.

Actions
In addition to installing a monitoring system and monitoring of nests to study the biology of the species and prevent theft of chicks, the project installs artificial nests that allow these birds continue their breeding process.
Raising awareness in the local communities of the risks of felling the nesting trees, mainly the guanandi. This presents difficulties spread unevenly across the different villages in the area. These are people that barely cover their basic needs with the over-exploitation of natural resources, and therefore need alternatives. A major initiative has been the promotion of beekeeping, using native, stingless bees, to generate income from the sale of honey. As the result of new nests, we can expect the fledging of 150 chicks per year.

Brazil
Paraná (south-east coast)

Local Partner
Research organization for Wildlife and Environmental Education (SPVS)

Other organizations involved
Guaraqueçaba Beekeeping Association
Institute for Ecological Research (IPE)
State University of Sao Paulo
Natural History Museum, Curitiba

Funds since 1997: 561,409 $

Amazona brasiliensis