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News and Perspectives on Bird Conservation
Video Gallery: Grey-breasted Parakeet
BY ABC StaffMarch 24, 2017
Beautifully colored. Mild-mannered. Easy to obtain. This combination of factors has led to the Grey–breasted Parakeet being one of the most trafficked birds in northeast Brazil. The parakeets are purchased as pets by people largely unaware that the species is critically endangered or that it is illegal in Brazil to own them.
Fortunately, ABC partner Aquasis has been working on the conservation of this species for ten years and we see evidence that the Grey–breasted Parakeet can avoid extinction — if we act fast.
One of the highest priority actions we can take is to establish a new population of the Grey-breasted Parakeet. The survival of the species is currently dependent on the health of just one remaining population of roughly 250 adult individuals in the Baturité Mountains of Ceará state. There is a protected area 20 miles away with suitable habitat for the parakeet. Our goal is to relocate 20-35 individuals to this new site, but we need your help to make this happen.