While doing dissertation research this morning, I came across an article about the first known instance of captive breeding of Dominica’s Sisserou parrot (also known as the Imperial parrot, Imperial Amazon, Amazona imperialis), which took place in Dominica in 2010. Here’s the abstract:
We describe the rearing and development of the first imperial parrot (Amazona imperialis) hatched and raised in captivity. A single egg was hen-incubated for 28 days, and the chick was parent-fed for ∼14 days, after which it was removed for hand-rearing. Similar to wild, parent-reared imperial nestlings, the chick developed fully within 12 weeks, weaning at 540 g body weight. Endangered and endemic to Dominica, the imperial is a vital flagship for oceanic rainforest conservation. Chronicling the neonatal development of A. imperialis helps illuminate the natural history of this enigmatic species, whose secretive nesting habits and low population density have frustrated a detailed understanding of its ecology and reproduction.
If you’ve got an online subscription to the journal Zoo Biology, you can go to the journal website to read the full article (which was co-written by two officers from Dominica’s Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division). For those of you who are not so fortunate, I’ve posted the full article below, but I’ll only be leaving it up for a short while.
Previously on Green Antilles: Dominica’s parrots.
[Photo: © Wiley-Liss Inc/Reillo, Durand, Burton]