Breeding programme for St Lucia amazon

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Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust maintains the only captive population of St Lucia amazons Amazona versicolor outside St Lucia. In 1975 a captive-breeding progamme was established as a safeguard against extinction of A. versicolor in the wild, however, the wild population recovered from a low of 100 birds in the 1970s to between 350 and 500 individuals at time of writing. Over 20 offspring have been bred at Jersey and since 1996 all chicks have been parent-reared. An extensive programme of research has been carried out on diet, mortality and breeding behaviour, resulting in considerable advances in our knowledge of the requirements of this species when maintained in captivity.

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