Fifteen years ago the yellow-eared parrot was presumed extinct. Its rediscovery in Colombia forced the Catholic Church to abandon an age-old tradition, and brought about one of the most amazing comebacks in the Americas.
Entries in Ognorhynchus icterotis - Yellow-eared Parrot (5)
“I used to work on my land growing crops and tending my cattle, but then about 13 years ago, I entered a new world, that of conservation, of species, of nature. And I feel content, because I feel I am contributing my part of love, and I am helping to raise the awareness of my friends and colleagues in the municipality. And I think that contributes to a healthy future for Roncesvalles.” — Gonzalo Cardona, Fundación ProAves.
The numbers of the once-thought extinct, Yellow-eared Parrot have increased to their highest levels since the species was found on the brink of extinction in 1998, when just 81 birds were found in one flock surviving in a remote mountainous area of Colombia.
Conservation work by ProAves in Colombia is paying dividends as numbers top 1000
September 2008. Unprecedented progress has been made towards the conservation of the Critically Endangered Yellow-eared Parrot in Colombia. A total of 80 nests, both natural and artificial, were reported and monitored by ProAves as well as the successful fledging of a fantastic 203 chicks.