Human Ecology

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 495–504 | Cite as

Parrot conservation in a small island-nation: Case of the Commonwealth of Dominica

  • Colmore S. Christian
  • Michael P. Zamore
  • Adolphus E. Christian


The Commonwealth of Dominica, hereafter referred to as Dominica, is one of only two islands in the English-speaking Caribbean with two species of extant, endemic Amazona parrots, namely the Imperial or Sisserou Parrot (Amazona imperialistand the Red-necked or Jaco Parrot (A. arausiaca).These birds are of national as well as international significance, as their populations have been on the decline for several years. During the last 15 years the local authorities, with the support and cooperation of various regional and international agencies, have mounted a campaign to save both species from extinction. An islandwide public awareness campaign has been attempted, with encouraging results. An increase in the species population as well as an increased level of private and public support for parrot conservation, are among the positive results to date. In spite of these accomplishments, however, the parrots are not out of danger and therefore continued vigilance is necessary. Additional measures are proposed to ensure the continued existence and complete recovery of the Dominican Amazons.

Key words

Dominica endemic parrots Imperial or Sisserou Parrot (Amazona imperialisisland parrot conservation Red-necked or Jaco Parrot (A. arausiaca


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colmore S. Christian
    • 1
  • Michael P. Zamore
    • 2
  • Adolphus E. Christian
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, College of Forestry and Recreation ResourcesClemson UniversityClemson
  2. 2.Forestry and Wildlife Division, Botanical GardensRoseauCommonwealth of Dominica

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