The St. Lucia Parrot (Amazona versicolor) is the national bird of St. Lucia. It is endemic to that country, and is found in the wild in the central and southern mountains. The IUCN classifies this species’ as vulnerable, but as a result of conservation efforts in St. Lucia—public awareness programmes, legal protection, the establishment of forest reserves, and a captive-breeding programme—the population appears to be increasing, and the parrot’s range expanding.
This post is part of a series to celebrate the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival.
[Photo: Ross Tsai]