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Cayman Parrot release a success

The-Brats

Cayman Parrot release a success

Cayman Turtle Centre
Nov 21, 2022 Animal Programmes

We are passionate about protecting the indigenous Cayman Parrot, the National Bird of the Cayman Islands. Happily, we can report three Grand Cayman parrots were released into the wild at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park recently, a joint effort between us, the Department of Environment, and the Botanic Park.

They were from a clutch of recently hatched nestlings, found abandoned in June 2021. Our expert animal care team undertook their care. The three chicks grew into robust and healthy specimens of juvenile Grand Cayman parrots and were ready to be returned to the wild.

Chonky, although the smallest of the clutch, had the strongest appetite and was so-named as she would still be ready to eat even when her crop was full. Klakker tended to scream if anything came close. Sporting a red underbelly, he took a while to settle and enjoyed spending time alongside his more dominant brother, Slim Jim.

Fully prepared for their integration into the wild, they were released at the Botanic Park on 1st October. When released one at a time, they flew off in a colourful display towards the nearest poinciana tree.

A few weeks later, our successful Cayman parrot programme continued with the release of two Cayman Brac Amazon parrots at the Department of Agriculture’s Bluff compound in Cayman Brac. Named Kiwi and Julian, the parrots were hatched at CTCEC in 2020 and 2021, offspring of our breeding pair and raised by our experts.