We are heading into fall and, with more than 1,000 young parrots, the peak of the breeding season is behind us, but with results higher than the previous year and the total number of chicks might be more at the end of the year.
Since the beginning of August 2011, we have been able to strengthen our team, with Simon Bruslund from Denmark as the new bird curator. Bruslund, who has been working for many years as bird curator at Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar as well as the zoological director in Walsrode Bird Park, brings a lot of practical bird breeding experience, which will contribute to the further optimization of the husbandry and breeding conditions of the Loro Parque Fundación parrot population.
The recent highlights are, without doubt, the four young Lear´s macaws (Anodorhynchus leari) hatched from natural breeding by our two proven breeding Lear’s macaw pairs. Each pair has had two chicks, and now the number of Lear´s macaws now kept in the Loro Parque Fundación has increased to 27 birds.
This year we have four fledged red-spectacled Amazon (Amazona pretrei) parrots, two of which were reared by their parents, and two hand-reared in the Baby Station of Loro Parque. Also, the festive Amazons (Amazona festiva bodini) have reared their own second broods of young, these second broods being between one and three chicks, Thus, currently there are three pairs with young birds in the aviaries. The first broods were successfully reared in the Baby Station. After the first clutch of our Yucatán Amazons (Amazona xantholora) was found to be infertile, the second clutched turned out to be fertile. Two chicks hatched, which were easily reared and are now fledged and flying with their parents.
A season highlight was the new breeding of the yellow-crowned Amazon parrots (Amazona ochrocephala xantholaema). This is now the third successful breeding season for this pair and the fourth young in total, which is being raised by its parents. This increases to 10 individuals of our population of this very rarely kept Amazon subspecies. We have a significant population of yellow-crowned Amazon parrot males, but the chances are gradually improving to build up a breeding line. In this respect, the few aviculturists who specialize in this Amazon parrot subspecies should work together very closely, because if not the danger exists that this attractive subspecies could disappear from aviculture.