In the days, weeks and months following the impact of Hurricane Maria on 18th September 2017, reports started coming in of Imperial Parrot observations. While this seems like good news, as these observations confirmed the species to still exists on the island, these reports were of sightings in lowland areas around human settlements, outside the birds’ natural habitat. Furthermore, two individuals were found grounded, underweight and dehydrated; despite being brought into captivity for rescue, one did not survive. This is all indicative of a lack of resources in the mountain forests as a result of storm damage. It is now, more than ever, important to undertake actions to determine the size of the remaining population and take actions where necessary.
To learn more read the whole report in Oryx Conservation News here.