Endangered Species
Ecological Services
Episode
48

Featured Species | Puerto Rican Parrot (15:52)

Host: Madeline Prush with Marisol Lopez

Puerto Rican parrot. Credit: Tom MacKenzie/USFWS (click to view more images)
Puerto Rican parrot.
Photo credit: Tom MacKenzie/USFWS

Overview

Status: Endangered / Listed on March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Amazona vittata
Description: The Puerto Rican Parrot, an endemic bird to Puerto Rico, was abundant throughout the island, and also the islands of Culebra, Vieques and Mona. It is estimated that when the Spaniards colonized Puerto Rico, the population of parrots was about a million individuals.
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Last updated: March 6, 2017