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Forest fire pushes imperilled parrot closer to the brink


A devastating forest fire in Nicaragua has destroyed a vitally important nesting and roosting site of the yellow-naped amazon, one of the most endangered parrots in Central America.

Peña Inculta, a haven of biodiversity on the twin-peaked volcanic island of Ometepe in the middle of Nicaragua’s largest freshwater lake, was officially designated as a wildlife refuge in 2010 in view of its ecological and cultural importance.

It is home to almost 50 species of resident and migratory birds, including the yellow-naped amazon. This charismatic but seriously threatened bird is one of the more conspicuous and exotic inhabitants of Peña Inculta. And this forest is – or was – one of the most important roosting, feeding and nesting sites for Ometepe’s iconic parrot, harbouring a population of more than 400 individuals. MORE

Header image: Fauna & Flora International.

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