Fundación ProAves – por la conservación en el país de las aves

First telemetry study of the Rusty-faced Parrot

22 August, 2011


During the first telemetry study conducted in the Natural Bird Reserve Colibrí del Sol, with the discovery of the Rusty-faced Parrot (Hapalopsittaca amazonina) population in the Cordillera Occidental, the journey of two individuals: Inty and Chia, were tracked recording their locations to identify possible changes in their movements and the use that this species makes of the habitat, in this case the Colibrí del Sol Reserve.

We found that the H. amazonina group studied uses an area of 2686 acres which comprises three major habitat types: the first is a primary forest where they are assumed to have carried out fruit consumption activities. The second is an oak forest, in which it seems they develop eating and perching activities, and sites mainly used for roosting. And finally the moorland, less frequently visited but where they did salt consumption and grooming activities.

Rusty-faced Parrot (Hapalopsittaca amazonina).

Also it was determined that the group of these individuals broke up into small and medium-sized subgroups during their daily activities inhabiting other parts of the sector where the reserve is located.

Through this study data were obtained on habitat selection by the Rusty-faced Parrot population in the Cordillera Occidental, their movements and how they form their groups to perform daily activities, likewise, the importance of conservation of this area has been confirmed through the establishment of Colibrí del Sol Bird Reserve along with the Páramo de Frontino are part of the habitat for this species in this area of the country.

This research was conducted with support from:

zgap SPS