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9 threatened animals of the Southeast

Nov. 11, 2012, 6:06 p.m.
Puerto Rican Parrot

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast

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Puerto Rican parrot

The endangered Puerto Rican parrot, or Amazona vittata, is the only native parrot to Puerto Rico and the only parrot species remaining in the United States.

 

Due to an almost total loss of its forest habitat, the bird population dipped to as low as 13 birds in 1975. Today, the birds live in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico, where recovery has been slow. The species' population numbers around 250, captive and wild.