Found only in the Latin American Nation of Ecuador, Amazona lilacina is categorised by the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered (2020) and current estimates predict the wild population to be no more than 600 birds.
Since 2012 we’ve been studying the Ecuador Amazon parrot in the wild, surveying the coast of Ecuador to map its range and estimate its population size. Today, we are continuing this research, looking to identify areas of forest within ranges that are suitable for the parrot, and thus warrant future conservation efforts.
We’re working alongside Fundacion Pro Bosque in the Cerro Blanco Forest. These 4,000 hectares of topical dry forest on the South West coast of Ecuador provide vital feeding grounds for the parrot, but are worryingly close (just 20km) from Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil. The work to protect this forest from the continuous threat of fire, illegal logging and poaching is essential for the future survival of this species.