It also wants to explains the reasons the Brown-throated Parakeet population is decreasing and how to prevent this.
The parakeet has been part of our nature and culture for many years. Like other local fauna, it is an Aruba native and unique. That is why it has called the Aratinga Pertinax arubensis
It is obvious that every day we see less and less of these parakeets around. Typical places that were once homes to these parakeets, are abandoned, like “Rooi Prikichi”
There is a reason they called the area “Rooi Prikichi”.
That was once the habitat of the parakeet who would have nests build consisting of six chicks and two parents birds.
There are many reasons for the decrease of the parakeet population. Deforestation, without proper assessment, to make room for hotel expansion, home building, new roads etc.
Another cause of the decrease is the increased population of the Boa snakes, which is an invasive snake that is the culprit for the decrease of many other native species. The Boa’s eat the birds eggs or even the parakeets.
Cats are also responsible for the decline of the parakeet population, since they wander everywhere and certainly pose a threat to the parakeets.
Humans are also a threat to the parakeets. They grab the chicks out of the nests for commercial reasons or to keep at home, which as a result limit their possibility to procreate.
Be aware that keeping the parakeets in cages is not the way to save the specie, but will only help in the decline of the population. It is well known that domesticated animals have a minimum survival rate when released in the wild. They have never learned the skills they need to defend themselves or the ability to look for food in a wild environment. Reasons enough to leave the parakeets in their natural habitats.
Parakeets protecting laws.
It is strictly forbidden to remove or disrupt any protected animal without a valid reason from its original habitat. It is also prohibited by law to destroy or harm any protected species, so plucking and illegal trade is against the law and punishable. (Natuurbeschermingsverordening AB 1995 no.2 article 4, first paragraph)
What can be done to help increase the parakeet population?
Planting fruit trees can attract these birds in your yard since they like to eat bellyache bush fruits, cactus fruit, Tuturutu beans, the Manilkara zapota or mangos.
You can also help prevent the plucking of these birds by reporting any suspicious activity by calling the DNM at 584-1199 or on www.infraruba.com