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species probably shared a common ancestor only a few thousand years ago. His idea is that Lear’s should be introduced to the Glaucous Macaw’s historic range in Rio Grande do Sul (southern Brazil) and Argentina where the palm trees on which the Glaucous fed and former nesting cliffs still survive. He suggests that Lear’s Macaws confiscated from poachers and captive-bred birds could be used for this purpose. Indeed, should the time come when the Lear’s population has outgrown the cliff nests available at the two most important sites, perhaps even translocation might be considered? Surely nothing should be ruled out to


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ensure the survival of this charismatic macaw. The extinction of the Glaucous -- which disappeared before anyone realised -- is a chilling reminder that Lear’s is a highly vulnerable species which almost went the same way as the Glaucous. It was saved just in time -- but we must never let up on our efforts to ensure its survival. That is why I am so grateful to the Parrot Society for the current support it is providing.


Reference Cited: Pacífico, E.C., E.A.Barbosa, T


.Filadelfo, K.G. Oliveira, L.F . Silveira and J.L.Tella,


2014, Breeding to non-breeding population ratio and breeding performance of the globally Endangered Lear’s Macaw Anodorhynchus leari: conservation and monitoring implications. Bird Conservation International, February: 1-11.


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