In Dec 2013 the Ecuador Amazon parrot, or Lilacine Amazon parrot, (which we house at Newquay Zoo) once believed to be a subspecies of the Red-lored Amazon parrot (Amazona autumnalis), was discovered to be its own separate species by a team of researchers from Chester Zoo.

With the discovery of the new species, researchers realised there were only around 600 left in the wild,
The Ecuador Amazon parrot is now considered as ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Birdlife International, meaning it faces a very high risk of extinction in the near future. It has a greater than 50% chance of disappearing altogether in the next 20 years.

With 80 Ecuador Amazon parrots in European zoos as part of a conservation breeding programme, now almost a fifth of the world’s population, we realise how precious they are.

These two chicks, once reaching adulthood will be moved onto other zoos to breed with others and to help save this very important but only newly discovered species.

Well Done Bird Keepers!!

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