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In issue 309 -
When an Older Parrot Has Never Learned Skilful Flight – Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
In issue 309 -
Scarlet Macaws – were they really bred by indigenous people in the 12th century? Rosemary Low asks the question
In issue 309 -
Understanding the link between nutrition, hormonal behaviours and the avian endocrine system, Part 1 – The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 309 -
The Yellow-eared Parrot – continues to expand its range in Colombia. By David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación
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Spix’s Macaws are flying again in the Caatinga

Spreads for web Parrots 278 4

By René Wüest, Arndt-Verlag, Bretten & Aves Publishing, Berlin. Translation by Tony Pittman

In the early morning of 11th June 2022, Dr Cromwell Purchase, the scientific director of the re-introduction project of the ACTP (Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots), opened the exit hatch of the re-introduction aviary in the Brazilian Caatinga, near the city of Curaça in the state of Bahia.

Then it was time to wait for the approximately 25 participants, who were allowed to attend this unique event and gathered in a camouflage tent about 100m away. Finally, it was 9.03 am local time when the first Spix’s Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii) left the aviary, followed 30 minutes later by five more. A historic moment for the parrot species, which has been extinct in the wild for over 20 years!

ACTP had been working towards this crucial day in collaboration with the ICMBio (Institute Chico Mendes for Biodiversity Conservation), a federal agency responsible for conservation and conservation breeding programmes and nature reserves in Brazil.

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