Today’s update from the Dominica Forestry, Wildlife, and Parks Division/Education Unit :
One of the many Jaco parrots rescued by patriotic Dominicans and delivered to the Forestry Division for care at the captive breeding facility located at the Botanic Gardens
Thanks to every kind-hearted rescuer for taking the time to help Dominica’s parrots in this time of crisis. Every surviving Amazona arausciaca is precious. I am amazed that these birds were able to make it through a Category 5 hurricane alive, especially when you consider the incredible damage to their forest home. Barring any permanent handicap, these native beauties will be returned to the wild once they are ready and able to fly again. Check out those vibrant colors!
As of this writing, no injured Sisserous have been brought in to the rescue center. While one wild Sisserou has been documented post-Maria, the fate of the overall population of Amazona imperialis remains a mystery.
I’ve shared the distinctive sounds of the Sisserou with you here. Now it’s the Jaco’s turn! Thanks to Nikki Chandler Couture for this morning’s video update: a treeful of Red-necked amazons feeding on her property near Sultan Falls. Have a listen– and enjoy your Monday as the Nature Island heals today.
A new photo debuted today, courtesy of Machel Sulton of the Dominica Forestry, Wildlife, and Parks Divison, featuring a Red-necked amazon being rehabbed post-Maria. The bird looks good! Machel writes via Facebook:
One of our rescued birds (Jaco Parrot) enjoying life at the Parrot Captive Facility [at Roseau]. You can see it having grapes. When it’s all healthy it will be released back into the wild.#Dominica #BirdsCaribbean #JacoParrot #DominicaBotanicalGardens #Forestry.
Many thanks to Machel and to everyone working hard to help the parrots survive this darkest period of their lives.