skip to main content
Show Results with:

Breeding to non-breeding population ratio and breeding performance of the globally Endangered Lear's Macaw Anodorhynchus leari: conservation and monitoring implications

PACÍFICO, ERICA C. et al.

Bird conservation international. Volume 24:Issue 4 (2014); pp 466-476 -- Cambridge University Press

Online access

  • Title:
    Breeding to non-breeding population ratio and breeding performance of the globally Endangered Lear's Macaw Anodorhynchus leari: conservation and monitoring implications
  • Author: PACÍFICO, ERICA C.;
    BARBOSA, EDUARDO A.;
    FILADELFO, THIAGO;
    OLIVEIRA, KLEBER G.;
    SILVEIRA, LUÍS F.;
    TELLA, JOSÉ L.
  • Found In: Bird conservation international. Volume 24:Issue 4 (2014); pp 466-476
  • Journal Title: Bird conservation international
  • Subjects: Birds--Conservation--Periodicals; Birds--Periodicals; Dewey: 639.978
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Cambridge University Press
  • Abstract: Summary

    Lear's Macaw Anodorhynchus leari is currently listed as "Endangered" by IUCN. Although it only breeds on cliffs at two protected sites in Bahia State, Brazil, there is no accurate information on population parameters such as the number of breeding pairs and their breeding performance. Between 2009 and 2010, we sought to quantify, for the first time, breeding population size and the main breeding parameters for the species in the two known breeding sites, by quantifying the number of active nests and monitoring 75 breeding attempts. Overall, 80% of the breeding attempts were successful with 1.33 (± 0.86 SD) fledglings/breeding attempt (productivity) and 1.67 (± 0.60 SD) fledglings/successful nest (brood size). Breeding success and productivity were higher in 2010, while brood size did not vary between years and breeding sites. By adding 73 estimated nests to the 41 nests monitored, 228 individuals were estimated to be reproductively active in 2010, representing c.20% of the population (1, 125 individuals). Given that the species is confined to a single population, further population increases could provoke overcrowding and negative density-dependent effects if it does not expand geographically. Therefore, long-term population monitoring focusing on the fraction of the population that is actually breeding and its breeding performance, rather than solely on the whole population size, is important for a better understanding of the population dynamics and conservation of this species.


  • Identifier: ETOClsidyv8fc38faa; System Number: LDEAvdc_100025105618.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0959-2709; 10.1017/S095927091300049X
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

Searching Remote Databases, Please Wait