Conservation of Psitacidae in Tropical Dry Forest


Evaluation and identification of priority areas for conservation of Psitacidae in remnants of Colombian tropical dry-forest

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Conservation priorities should be focused on species and ecosystems under the most critical threats. Parrots are one of the most threatened families of birds and various strategies have already been defined for their conservation. However, eight out of 11 threatened parrot species, inhabit high Andean forests and so conservation representativeness of other ecosystems is low, especially of those critically endangered like tropical dry forest. Despite this, the 53 species in the family are affected by persecution for the pet trade, and this is a grave threat for lowland species that inhabit other habitats different to high Andean forest. Taking into account that aspects of parrot biology and ecology make them indicator and flagship species, their protection can be used to identify and suggest other representative areas for conservation of priority ecosystem remnants. The aim of this project is to model the potential distribution of Psitacidae in lowland tropical and subtropical dry forest to identify conservation gaps in high sympatric areas. As an innovative approach, this initiative uses species that are not necessarily under threat to suggest important areas for conservation.

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Project Staff

Project director – Carlos Andrés Páez

Assistant director – Esteban Botero-Delgadillo