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Status Endangered throughout its range Federal Register March 11 1967 The Puerto Rican parrot is bright green about a foot in length with red forehead blueprimary wing feathers and flesh-colored bill and feet This bird feeds chiefly on wild fruitsparticularly the sierra palm Prestoria montana but may also consume flowers and tendershoots During October when other fruits are scarce the tabonuco fruit Dacryodesexcelsa becomes an important food item Rodriguez-Vidal 1959 lists over 5O differentplants whose fruits are eaten by the parrots All recent observations indicate that nesting is confined almost exclusively to naturalcavities in colorado trees The parrots clean out the interior of the cavity but they do notadd lining material Nest height varies from about 7 to 15 meters above the ground Birdsthat have reached 3 to 4 years begin mating activities in January Clutch size ranges fromtwo to four eggs The period from laying to fledging requires about 13 weeks Since 1973when an intensive management program was started the fledging rate based on eggs laidhas been about 70 percent Pre-1973 success was between 11 and 26 percent The captive program of the Puerto Rican parrot was initiated in 1968 by collecting parrotsalready in captivity and a few from the wild A captive flock is being maintained to increasethe sheer number of parrots to maintain a second group of birds particularly if thereshould occur a natural catastrophe to provide and manipulate different genetic stock fortrading with the wild flock and to eventually provide stock to be reintroduced into the wild The Puerto Rican parrot is presently found only in Puerto Rico but up until 1899 it wasalso found on nearby Culebra Island and earlier on Vieques and Mona Islands In PuertoRico the parrots were known to be in Guajataca Forest at medium elevations until 1910and in Rio Abajo Forest also at medium elevations until the 1920s In Carite Forest theparrot was found at high elevations until the 1930s and in the swamp at the
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