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A new parrot taxon from the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico—its position within genus Amazona based on morphology and molecular phylogeny

A new parrot taxon from the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico—its position within genus Amazona based on morphology and molecular phylogeny | Parrots | Scoop.it
Parrots (Psittaciformes) are a diverse group of birds which need urgent protection. However, many taxa from this order have an unresolved status, which makes their conservation difficult. One species-rich parrot genus is Amazona, which is widely distributed in the New World. Here we describe a new Amazona form, which is endemic to the Yucatán Peninsula. This parrot is clearly separable from other Amazona species in eleven morphometric characters as well as call and behavior. The clear differences in these features imply that the parrot most likely represents a new species. In contrast to this, the phylogenetic tree based on mitochondrial markers shows that this parrot groups with strong support within A. albifrons from Central America, which would suggest that it is a subspecies of A. albifrons. However, taken together tree topology tests and morphometric analyses, we can conclude that the new parrot represents a recently evolving species, whose taxonomic status should be further confirmed. This lineage diverged from its closest relative about 120,000 years ago and was subjected to accelerated morphological and behavioral changes like some other representatives of the genus Amazona. Our phylogenies, which are so far the most comprehensive for Amazona taxa enabled us to consider the most feasible scenarios about parrot colonization of the Greater and Lesser Antilles and Central America from South America mainland. The molecular dating of these migrations and diversification rate were correlated with climatic and geological events in the last five million years, giving an interesting insight into Amazon parrot phylogeography and their evolution in general.
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Cockatoos keep their tools safe

Cockatoos keep their tools safe | Parrots | Scoop.it
Only a few animal species such as New Caledonian crows or some primates have so far been found to habitually use tools. Even fewer can manufacture their own tools. Nevertheless, the Goffin's cockatoo, an Indonesian parrot, exhibit both abilities while seemingly lacking a genetic adaptation for tool use. Researchers have now shown yet another tool-related ability in these clever parrots.
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Australia: Lucky the cockatoo flies away for second shot at life

Australia: Lucky the cockatoo flies away for second shot at life | Parrots | Scoop.it
A cockatoo shot out of the sky in WA’s south is now free after a 18-month recovery.
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Brazil: Sixteen Vinaceous Amazons collected from private owners to be released back to the wild

Brazil: Sixteen Vinaceous Amazons collected from private owners to be released back to the wild | Parrots | Scoop.it
Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio), órgão ambiental do governo brasileiro, criado pela lei 11.516, de 28 de agosto de 2007.
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Hong Kong a sanctuary for cockatoos driven to brink of extinction in native lands

Hong Kong a sanctuary for cockatoos driven to brink of extinction in native lands | Parrots | Scoop.it
A new study by the University of Hong Kong estimates there are up to 200 yellow-crested cockatoos – a non-native species – living in the city, mostly between Pok Fu Lam and Happy Valley.
The earliest ones were introduced around the mid-20th century, later spawning one of the world’s largest naturalised populations.
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Why cockatoos are becoming city dwellers

Why cockatoos are becoming city dwellers | Parrots | Scoop.it
Cockatoos are flocking to urban areas where food is plentiful and waterfront roosts abound.
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The fourth group of Vinaceous Amazons is going to be released in Araucárias National Park

The fourth group of Vinaceous Amazons is going to be released in Araucárias National Park | Parrots | Scoop.it
Thirteen birds will reinforce the current population of Vinaceous Amazons (Amazona vinacea) in Brazilian national park Araucárias...
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Bolivia’s domestic parrots seen as “crop pests”

Bolivia’s domestic parrots seen as “crop pests” | Parrots | Scoop.it
A new shipment of illegally trafficked parrots arrives at the Los Pozos market in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. The sellers and middlemen are approached and
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Argentina/San Cristobal: Three people arrested for illegal trafficking of 310 baby parrots

Argentina/San Cristobal: Three people arrested for illegal trafficking of 310 baby parrots | Parrots | Scoop.it
El hecho se registró en horas de la mañana de este lunes. Los animales eran trasladados ilegalmente en un auto Ford Fiesta.
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Texas A&M Develops New Vaccine To Combat Lethal Disease Affecting Captive Parrots

Texas A&M Develops New Vaccine To Combat Lethal Disease Affecting Captive Parrots | Parrots | Scoop.it
The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is a major veterinary educational, medical and research institution located in College Station, Texas.
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It’s not a hoax! Immaculately ‘white’ black parrot spotted on the Seychelles island of Praslin

It’s not a hoax! Immaculately ‘white’ black parrot spotted on the Seychelles island of Praslin | Parrots | Scoop.it
Could there really be such a thing as a ‘white’ Black Parrot? That is the question that people on Praslin, the second most populated island of the Seychelles, are asking.

This follows the sighting in recent weeks of the unusual presence of a white bird with similar features to the Seychelles Black Parrot.
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Brazil: Polícia Ambiental apreende papagaios ameaçados de extinção em Água Doce

Brazil: Polícia Ambiental apreende papagaios ameaçados de extinção em Água Doce | Parrots | Scoop.it
Notícias do Dia é o site do Grupo RIC que destaca notícias, reportagens, entrevistas e colunistas de Florianópolis, Joinville, Blumenau, Itajaí, Chapecó e Xanxerê

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A confiscation of 8 parrots in Água Doce, Brazil, included 5 endangered Vinaceous Amazons (Amazona vinacea). The birds will be rehabilitated for release.

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Study confirms the feasibility of tracking parrots with GPS telemetry

Study confirms the feasibility of tracking parrots with GPS telemetry | Parrots | Scoop.it
Yes, it is possible to study parrots with GPS trackers—you just have to make them beak-proof

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The Zen Parrot's curator insight, February 18, 2015 10:29 PM

Yes, it is possible to study parrots with GPS trackers—you just have to make them beak-proof:

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Australia: Cockatoo gets feather extensions

Australia: Cockatoo gets feather extensions | Parrots | Scoop.it
THE combination of matchsticks, superglue and donor feathers have given a badly burnt cockatoo new wings after surgery at Perth Zoo.
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Philippine cockatoos' 'hero' named in prestigious 'Green Oscars'

Philippine cockatoos' 'hero' named in prestigious 'Green Oscars' | Parrots | Scoop.it
MANILA – A Filipino wildlife conservationist received a prestigious award in the United Kingdom for her efforts in preserving the rare Philippine cockatoo.
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Killing kakas with kindness: New Zealand bird lovers threaten future of parrot

Killing kakas with kindness: New Zealand bird lovers threaten future of parrot | Parrots | Scoop.it
Nuts, seeds and bread left out for native birds are causing a bone disease which leaves chicks with fatal abnormalities
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Bolivia: A new hope for the Blue-throated Macaw

Bolivia: A new hope for the Blue-throated Macaw | Parrots | Scoop.it

The Blue-throated Macaw is one of South America’s rarest parrots, with a population estimated at around 250 individuals. In the last decade, Asociación Armonía (BirdLife Partner in Bolivia) has been tackling the main threats affecting it: habitat loss, the lack of breeding sites and ending illegal poaching. But their approach to ending the latter has been especially unique and very successful: to give locals an alternative to using real macaw feathers for their headdresses.

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Australia: Nesting hollows for Carnaby's cockatoos breed results

Australia: Nesting hollows for Carnaby's cockatoos breed results | Parrots | Scoop.it
A Perth university's program to encourage the threatened Carnaby's cockatoo to breed in urban areas by installing custom-built nesting hollows is hailed a success, after five chicks hatched this year.
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Scientists release endangered Puerto Rico parrots into wild

Scientists release endangered Puerto Rico parrots into wild | Parrots | Scoop.it
From Yahoo News: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Scientists have released 16 endangered Puerto Rico parrots into the wild amid a growing push to save the U.S. territory's last native parrot species.
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Petition: Urge Ghana to Ban the Trade of the African Grey Parrot to Help Stop the Species Going Extinct in the Wild

Petition: Urge Ghana to Ban the Trade of the African Grey Parrot to Help Stop the Species Going Extinct in the Wild | Parrots | Scoop.it
The African Grey Parrot is a popular choice as a pet but sadly, this coupled with the loss of its... (30690 signatures on petition)
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India: Over 100 rose-ringed parakeets rescued

India: Over 100 rose-ringed parakeets rescued | Parrots | Scoop.it
Over 100 rose-ringed parakeets (Psittacula Krameri) that were brought from Tamil Nadu for sale in the city were rescued by forest officials on Sunday.Two persons were also arrested in connection with
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Puerto Rico's endangered parrot making comeback

Puerto Rico's endangered parrot making comeback | Parrots | Scoop.it
San Juan, Puerto Rico – In a bid to save Puerto Rico’s endangered parrot, scientists have transported 30 of them to one of the US’s largest forests. Scientists transported the birds, which vary fro...
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Bulgarian Customs Prevent Smuggling of 10 African Grey Parrots

Bulgarian Customs Prevent Smuggling of 10 African Grey Parrots | Parrots | Scoop.it
Bulgarian customs officers have seized 10 African grey parrots which a Bulgarian citizen tried to bring into the country from Turkey without proper documents required under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The origin of the birds is unknown, the Customs Agency said in a statement on Friday.
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Dominica Records Dramatic Increase in Endemic Bird Numbers

Dominica Records Dramatic Increase in Endemic Bird Numbers | Parrots | Scoop.it

Dominica is recording high numbers of its endemic birds all due to concentrated conservation efforts.

Founder of the US-based Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, Dr. Paul Reillo says when countries adopt laws to protect natural habitats, the result is gratifying.

 

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Wild Indian Ringneck Parrots of London

Wild Indian Ringneck Parrots of London | Parrots | Scoop.it
The pesky green birds are now among us - in London, Edinburgh, and even the vineyards of the North Downs. It's too late to escape them now

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The Zen Parrot's curator insight, February 18, 2015 10:19 PM

Indian Ringnecked parrots are the most widely introduced species of parrot in the world, with naturalised populations in 35 countries on five continents. In Europe there are well-established populations in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands as well as those in Britain. They have adapted notably well to life in suburbia, where they regularly feed at bird tables and on peanut feeders, as well as taking fruit, especially cherries and plums, from gardens and orchards: