THE GREY PARROT AND THE HISTORY OF PARQUE DAS AVES

The grey parrot, a medium-sized Psittacidae with gray plumage and a red tail, is from the African continent, which means that it did not originate in the Atlantic Rainforest, and it has been a focus of the work at Parque das Aves since last year. Because of its connection with the Park’s history, the species now has a special place at the end of the trail near the “Encounter with Macaws.”

The first bird that Dennis and Anna Croukamp had while still living in Namibia, a country in Africa, was a grey parrot. The parrot sparked a great love for birds in the family, and was the main reason for the desire to open a bird park in Foz do Iguaçu. “I was still a child when our family was given Pumuckl, a grey parrot. He participated in the family’s activities, especially when we were playing musical instruments,” says Dr. Carmel Croukamp, General Director of Parque das Aves.

THE GREY PARROT AND THE HISTORY OF PARQUE DAS AVES

The grey parrot, a medium-sized Psittacidae with gray plumage and a red tail, is from the African continent, which means that it did not originate in the Atlantic Rainforest, and it has been a focus of the work at Parque das Aves since last year. Because of its connection with the Park’s history, the species now has a special place at the end of the trail near the “Encounter with Macaws.”

The first bird that Dennis and Anna Croukamp had while still living in Namibia, a country in Africa, was a grey parrot. The parrot sparked a great love for birds in the family, and was the main reason for the desire to open a bird park in Foz do Iguaçu. “I was still a child when our family was given Pumuckl, a grey parrot. He participated in the family’s activities, especially when we were playing musical instruments,” says Dr. Carmel Croukamp, General Director of Parque das Aves.

When Parque das Aves was inaugurated in 1994, one of the first birds received was a couple of grey parrots. “Bongo, the male of our first couple, is alive until today and is the father of many birds that are in the new attraction. This species is very important for my family, so we built a special space to show all our affection for it,” says Carmel.

Since 2017, Parque das Aves has focused its work on species from the Atlantic Rainforest and it has been working with the conservation and protection of threatened animals, and today, of approximately 1,300 birds that live at the Park of 140 species, 86% are from the Atlantic Rainforest. However, some founding birds such as the cassowary and the flamingos are part of the Park’s history and will remain as an attraction, enchanting visitors from every corner of the world.

Currently, the grey parrot is at risk of extinction due to trafficking, mainly due to the demand of the bird as a pet because it can mimic human speech very well.

 

Av. das Cataratas, 12450
Foz do Iguaçu – PR
ao lado do Parque Nacional

 

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Av. das Cataratas, 12450
Foz do Iguaçu – PR
ao lado do Parque Nacional

 

 

Fone +55 45 3529-8282

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