The Uvea Parakeet lives only on Uvea island, a small island of New Caledonia. They are on the brink of extinction because forests are disappearing, and people capture them as pets.
Total length: 32cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Uvea Parakeet lives only on Uvea island, a small island of New Caledonia.
The Uvea Parakeet eats nuts, fruits, and flowers. They particularly like to eat figs.
The Uvea Parakeet has a decorative feathered cap on its head, called a crest. When the male shakes his crest, he is proposing to the female.
In danger of extinction because of disappearing forests, and poaching for pets
The Uvea Parakeet lives only on Uvea island, a small island of New Caledonia rich in greenery. But over the last 30 years, deforestation has wiped out 30 to 50 percent of the primary forest where the Uvea Parakeet once lived. And with many being captured to sell as pets, the Uvea Parakeet is now on the brink of extinction. Hunting to resell them as pets causes a secondary damage because the hunters cut the nest hole out so deep that the nest becomes useless.
Preservation activities are a beam of hope to the Uvea Parakeet!
In addition to the damage caused by humans, rodents that came from outside the island also attack the Uvea Parakeet's nest. However, there is good news. There are people in New Caledonia who regard the Uvea Parakeet as a cherished friend, and they have launched preservation activities. Slowly but surely, by building a safe living environment and enforcing strict hunting restrictions, these activities are helping to recover the Uvea Parakeet's numbers.
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