Date: 17th November 2018
Time: 10:00 AM (Parrot Release)
Venue: QEll Botanic Park
Also, read some amazing facts on the Cayman Islands Amazon Parrot here:
- The Cayman Parrot was declared the National Bird in 1979. It was almost unanimously chosen via a national survey coordinated by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.
- Because the official designation declares “Cayman Parrot” as the National Bird, both the Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac sub-species of Cayman Parrot are National Birds by default.
- The Cayman Parrot can be called the “Original National Flag Carrier” of the Cayman Islands (move over Cayman Airways!). In flight, these birds display all the colours of the Cayman Islands flag in their wings and tail: “When the Cayman Parrot is in flight, our national flag is in flight!”
- Since the devastation of Hurricane Ivan on Grand Cayman in 2004 and Hurricane Paloma on Cayman Brac in 2008, parrot populations on both islands appear to have recovered and stabilized to a point. The Grand Cayman parrot population has been recently upgraded to Vulnerable. The Cayman Brac parrot however, is still considered an Endangered species. Steady loss of their critical old growth forest habitat for housing development is the main threat for both of our National Birds.