It’s breeding time for the Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata), one of the world’s ten most endangered birds. There’s an estimated thirty to thirty-five birds left in the wild. A captive breeding program was set up over thirty years ago in Puerto Rico and the population hit its lowest point in 1975, with only thirteen birds being recorded. Since then, conservation efforts have been moderately successful, and in 2000 forty birds were released back into the wild. Another release is planned for next year to establish a second population in the island’s western Rio Abajo forest.
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