Blue-backed Parrot Tanygnathus everetti
Nearly one-third of parrot species in the world are threatened with extinction. According to a 2021 study, current protected areas are not sufficient to protect parrot diversity, overlapping with only 10% of the geographic range of all parrot species.
Agriculture is the main threat to parrots and is especially relevant in the Neotropics, where parrot species richness is highest.
The fate of parrots is largely tied to the fate of forests, as 70% of parrots are forest-dependent. The study concludes that the future of parrots relies on policy-making in specific countries.
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Very little is known about the ecology of the Blue-backed Parrot, although they are likely to occur in similar habitats to the Azure-rumped Parrot Tanygnathus sumatranus. The species may therefore occur across tropical, lowland, and montane forests, as well as mangrove swamps and degraded forests (del Hoyo et al. 1997) in the Philippines. The trapping of adults and nestlings for the cagebird and pet trade are the most significant threats, with heavy trapping particularly extensive in the early 2000’s (P. Widmann in litt. 2020, S. Mahood in litt. 2020). Scarcity of captured birds in markets (D. Gutierrez per N. Collar in litt. 2020) also suggests the genuine rarity of the species.
BirdLife International. 2020. Tanygnathus everetti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T181753148A181756316. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T181753148A181756316.en. Downloaded on 21 January 2021.
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