Astonishing news from the Nature Island reached the outside world late today: a Sisserou has been rescued and brought to the parrot rehab center at Roseau, the first Imperial amazon to have been brought to rehab since Maria’s passage on 9/18.
According to initial reports via Birds Caribbean, Forestry Officer Stephan Durand believes the bird to be exhausted and dehydrated, but otherwise uninjured. According to Birds Caribbean, the Sisserou “was found in one of the west coast villages yesterday afternoon by two boys. They said that the bird landed near their house in Salisbury at about 3 PM. The bird will be cared for (along with many Red-necked Parrots) by Forestry until it is strong enough to be released into the wild.”
The bird certainly has seen better days! His survival in the wake of the hurricane is nothing short of a miracle. I can’t imagine what he’s been through over the past three months, staying alive day-by-day in an environment utterly changed post-Maria. I will keep you updated here as more news comes in regarding his condition and rehab. Thanks again to all who have dedicated themselves to keeping the island’s precious native parrots alive in their hour of need.
The Dominica Forestry, Wildlife, and Parks Division has generously granted permission to share an early December update here re the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate Red-necked amazons in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Each bird is crucial to rebuilding the population of this native Dominican parrot in the coming years. Thanks to Stephan Durand, Dr. Erika Flores, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and to everyone involved with the daily care of these precious survivors of Maria’s wrath.
A gorgeous pair of Jaco parrots aka Red-necked amazons in rehab. Aren’t they beautiful? All of these rehabilitated birds will be released back to the wild, whenever possible, as soon as their initial injuries heal.
A Jaco parrot in recovery after surgery to his left wing
Dr. Erika Flores of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), treating an injured Jaco brought in by a farmer from the north of the island. IFAW was founded in 1969, with projects operating today in 40 countries. The organization deployed a team to Dominica soon after Maria struck the island.
Dr. Flores observes the progress of Jacos in rehab
A Jaco post-surgery, just after a tumor was removed from underneath his right eye
Stephen Durand of the Forestry Department discusses ongoing parrot care and conservation with Dr. Flores.
Recovering Jacos. Sadly, no surviving Sisserous have been brought in to rehab, post-Maria. I will continue to post updates here as I receive news. Thanks for dropping by– and for your interest in the future of Dominica’s precious native parrots.
All photos courtesy of Dominica’s Forestry, Wildlife, and Parks Division