Par­rot re­search high­lights habi­tat im­por­tance

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This Red Grouse was a win­ning im­age Rath­lin Is­land is home to fa­mous se­abird colonies, in­clud­ing thou­sands of Guille­mots (in­set) Habi­tat loss is one of the ma­jor prob­lems fac­ing par­rots in the Sangihe and Taaud is­land groups in In­done­sia, ac­cord­ing to the Loro Par­que Fun­da­cion. A re­cent sur­vey found that the nom­i­nate species of one par­rot, the Red-and-blue Lory, had be­come ex­tinct in Sangihe, leav­ing the is­land of Karake­lang as the only place where the species could be found in the wild. The ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween the two is­lands is that Sangihe, home to one of the most threat­ened bird pop­u­la­tions in the world, has lost most of its orig­i­nal for­est, whereas Karake­lang still re­tains a large pro­por­tion of its for­est. The sur­vey found also that the Red-and-blue Lory was more abun­dant in ar­eas of orig­i­nal for­est than it was in mod­i­fied habi­tats, show­ing the im­por­tance of orig­i­nal habi­tats to en­demic species. A unique cit­i­zen sci­ence project in the south of Eng­land is us­ing a novel smart­phone app to help count birds. The So­lent­birds app, an easy to use ID guide com­plete with text, pic­tures and calls, is be­ing used by the army of vol­un­teers of the So­lent­birds Project to record the ac­tiv­i­ties of the So­lent’s glob­ally im­por­tant sea and shore­bird pop­u­la­tions. More than 6,000 records have al­ready been made. If you’d like to get in­volved, the app can be down­loaded for free. De­tails are avail­able at so­len­tirds.org.uk

s r / y a H y d Red-and-blue Lory

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