The spectacularly plumed Sinu Parakeet is critically endangered and is known with certainty only from the Sinú Valley in northern Colombia, where recent searches have failed to find the species and it may be extinct (P. G. W. Salaman in litt. 2011). 18 animals were found in four locations; Jaraquiel (08°42’N, 75°57’W), Quimarí (08°07’N, 76°23’W) and Murucucú (07°59’N, 76°00’W) in Bolivar, and 12 miles NW of Tierra Alta (08°11’N, 76°04’W) in Nazaret (Joseph & Stockwell 2002). The locations in Nazaret and at Jaraquiel have apparently been deforested, but small areas of apparently suitable habitat occur at Quimarí and in the Murucucú hills but searches of these sites failed to find any evidence for the continued presence of this distinctive bird (P. G.W. Salaman in litt. 2011). Ongoing conversion of habitat for agriculture within the historic range has dramatically reduced the area available to this species (Joseph and Stockwell 2002, ProAves in litt. 2011).
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BirdLife International. 2016. Pyrrhura subandina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T45422401A95151315. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T45422401A95151315.en. Downloaded on 16 February 2021.
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