Jacos Eating Grapefruit: More Evidence of Parrot Survival Post-Maria

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Amazona arausciaca retrieving grapefruit goodness from the ground

Thanks again to Nikki Chandler Couture for the Red-necked amazon update with new photos and a video this afternoon. Nikki writes:

 Taken this evening, visiting Jacos eating grapefruit. They come twice daily to our place (The Ramelton Estate near Sultan Falls). My husband is there now. That’s the caretaker’s home in the distance in the last picture.

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In a post here a few days ago, I mentioned that the same caretaker had reported seeing a pair of Imperial parrots coming to feed on grapefruit on three separate occasions. The specific details of the report are intriguing– and sound credible. Hopefully, the Sisserou pair will be documented for sure soon. Meanwhile, it is wonderful to see the Jacos receiving the nourishment they need in this time of crisis. Though the Sisserou is a much rarer bird, the red-necked amazon– once known as the Bouquet’s parrot– is also rare, precious, and endemic only to Dominica.

I am anxious to learn the present numbers of both species in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Long may their unique beauty grace the forests of Eden.

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