Cuban Parakeet Psittacara euops

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Maikel Cañizares Morera and Eduardo E. Iñigo-Elias

Priorities for Future Research

Although, progress has been made in the last 15 years to understand the natural history of Cuban Parakeet, wild populations and their habitats still are threatened. There is a need to implement projects that foster wild populations and well managed habitat to sustain viable populations. Studies on the ecology of regulated fire management to support sustainable agricultural activities and secure breeding and feeding habitat for the Cuban Parakeet are highly needed. High priorities are applied research projects that focus on the ecology and conservation biology to secure viable populations. There also is a need to develop research and conservation projects focus to increase habitat connectivity within protected and unprotected lands. It is urgent to implement studies that focus on population genetics and population dynamics on the island of Cuba. It is important to implement a conservation project to translocation a small population to the original habitat in the Isle of Youth. Other examples for further work on the study and conservation of this species are: productivity and survival, genetic diversity and inbreeding, spatiotemporal movements using radio telemetry, to assess the effect of human predation on natural populations, and to investigate competition for nesting sites and availability. It is important to review the information on distribution, abundance and survival and to estimate current threats to revise its current risk category. Additionally, strong environmental education projects are needed to focus on the conservation of this threatened species, both in the local communities where the species occurs and in the large urban areas, primarily Habana City, where there is a high demand for captive parakeets for the illegal pet trade.

Recommended Citation

Cañizares Morera, M. and E. E. Iñigo-Elias (2014). Cuban Parakeet (Psittacara euops), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.