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Rare parrot numbers increased thanks to Newquay Zoo

Credit: Newquay Zoo

These cute chicks area real success story after they hatched at Newquay Zoo increasing the numbers of one of the rarest and most endangered species of parrot.

The Ecuador Amazon parrot or Lilacine Amazon parrot are found in the Ecuadorian rain forests of South America. Only around 600 known to be left in the wild.

Newquay Zoo successfully bred Ecuadorian Amazons three years ago and transferred males with Barcelona Zoo in November 2014. The new pair have already paired up and bred for the first time.

It is great news we have bred these newly paired Ecuadorian Amazon parrots. The two chicks, once reaching adulthood, will be moved onto other zoos to be part of a very important captive breeding programme and to help save this endangered but only newly discovered species.

– Gary Ward, Senior Bird Keeper