A Puerto Rican parrot in flight. Credit: Jan Paul Zegarra / USFWS
A New Beginning: Puerto Rican Parrots Reintroduced into Maricao Commonwealth Forest
December 06, 2016
Maricao Commonwealth Forest in the west-central mountain region of Puerto Rico welcomed home a former resident last week. The Puerto Rican parrot, the only native parrot left in the United States, was once abundant, but deforestation, predation, diseases and poaching caused the population to crash A captive-breeding program and other recovery efforts have helped increase the population to more than 500 birds, thanks to work of all the members of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Team made up of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and volunteer organizations.
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