Threatened White-breasted Parakeet gets helping hand at Tapichalaca, Ecuador
Also known as the White-necked Parakeet, this species is only known to occur in three areas in south-east (Amazonia) Ecuador, of which Podocarpus National Park is one of its last strongholds. Fundación Jocotoco's Tapichalaca Reserve, which abuts Podocarpus, has a small population, in recently acquired low altitude land, and since the species' total population is estimated to be only a few thousand individuals, FJ has just started a project in an effort to boost numbers on the reserve.
As a follow-up to the successful nest-box project for the El-Oro Parakeet on the Buenaventura Reserve, nest boxes are to be installed at Tapichalaca for the White-breasted Parakeet. The design of these boxes has been greatly assisted by cooperation with Pro Aves Colombia, and the Loro Parque Foundation of Spain is generously funding the work.
Two years there were reports of a small flock being recorded just across the border in Peru, but was apparently unfortunately collected in the name of science. The collecting of species already declared globally threatened is something we do not condone since accurate identification, and recording, can now be carried out using latest photographic technology.