The Puerto Rican Parrot
|TThe Puerto Rican Parrot.
Here are the web sights that I went to…
· http://endangered.fws.gov/birds2.html (#Lnk02)
For my endangered species project I am doing a Puerto Rican Parrot. The Puerto Rican parrot is a vertebrate. It lives in the Southeast region, in Puerto Rico only. It is in the birds group. The scientific name for the Puerto Rican Parrot is the Amazona Vittata. It is an endangered species and there are only about 24-26 free Puerto Rican Parrots left in the wild.
The description of the Puerto Rican Parrot is its tail is short and squared-off. The color of the parrot is mostly green. The tip of the wings are blue, it has two white rings around its eyes, and a red blaze above its beak. It is about 11 inches long and 10 ounces.
The most common color for the parrot is green. It lives mostly in the forests in large and mature trees. They nest in holes in the trees.
The Puerto Rican Parrot doesn’t migrate. I think that it is a very small, but colorful parrot. The Puerto Rican parrot eats lots of things. Its primary foods are wild fruits, tabonuca, sierra palm, and cupeillo trees. Its secondary foods are young leaves, seeds, and flowers.
There are about 2-4 babies born at a time and usually every 13 weeks. They are usually born between February and June. They sleep during the night and they are active during the day such as eat, fly, etc. I like that because they are just like humans with their daily habits.
Some unusual facts that I found out is that it takes 26 days for the chicks to hatch and then they leave after 2 months old. I think that they do all of there living very fast. Also that they have so many colors on such a little body. I really don’t know how they can fit all of them on there. The reason that the Puerto Rican Parrot is endangered is because some people are taking them in as pets. Also the forest that they live in is getting cut down bit by bit and the parrots are dying from it, and also because there have been many hurricanes that it Puerto Rico and killed lots of the parrots.
Some things that they are doing to protect the parrots are to increase the level of the parrots in captivity and them let them all go at once. They will protect the habitat within the Caribbean National Forest. They are encouraging research and recovery efforts to help save them. In April 1987 was when they first put the Puerto Rican Parrot on the protective list. I think that it is so good that they are doing all this stuff to help the parrot survive.
Here are some things that I would do to help the Puerto Rican Parrot survive.
· I will do lots of research to try to help the parrot.
· I will never cut down a tree because it may be a tree that the parrot lives in.
· I will never take one of the parrots in as a pet to keep because then there is one less to be free.
· If I ever see one I would leave it alone, not touch it, and NEVER EVER kill it.
I would just let it be free and observe it. I think that it is very important to do all this stuff because if we don’t, we may never have this parrot again and it is a living thing like you and me and it wants to live a happy and long life too.
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