Yellow naped Amazon (Amazonas auropalliata)

El Jobo hosts a unique population of yellow-naped amazon parrots that use a specific corridor during their daily migrations between their feeding and sleeping places. With the aim to know more about their population size, reproductive periods and social behavior, ETC conducts daily bird counts between 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

There are 6 true parrots in Costa Rica, with the yellow-naped amazon having the smallest population and range of distribution in Central America. This species only exists in the dry tropical forest, which is present in parts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica; and like the parrot, the forest is in danger of extinction. The biggest threat to the parrot is the illegal extraction of their chicks, and of all the parrots, the yellow-naped amazon is one the best at imitating man.

Counting the parrots

Volunteers are expected to perform these bird counts by themselves after receiving a detailed set of instructions and protocol on data collection. The objective of this population survey is to educate and raise awareness about the existence of these parrots in Costa Rica.

Not much is known about this species, making these surveys crucial to understanding population size, variation in behavior with respect to environmental conditions, and breeding seasons. The survey consists of counting the parrots from a fixed point during a specific time with the hopes of eventually gaining a better understanding of the various aspects of their biology. This year has been the first year in which no chick has been stolen.