Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa

The Endangered yellow-headed parrot Amazona oratrix along the Pacific coast of Mexico

  • Tiberio Cesar Monterrubio-Rico (a1), Katherine Renton (a2), Juan Manuel Ortega-Rodríguez (a1), Alejandro Pérez-Arteaga (a1) and Ramón Cancino-Murillo (a1)...
Abstract
Abstract

The yellow-headed parrot Amazona oratrix is categorized as Endangered on the IUCN Red List but little is known about its distribution, particularly along the Pacific coast of Mexico. We used ecological niche models, with presence records from museum collections and historical sightings, overlain on vegetation maps, to predict the historical range of the yellow-headed parrot along the Pacific coast of Mexico. We compared this with the current range of the species, estimated with ecological niche models using presence–absence data from surveys during 2003–2008. We estimate that the range of the yellow-headed parrot along Mexico’s Pacific coast has contracted by 79%. The current range may now cover only 18,957 km2, in three main areas. At one of these, a small isolated area on the coast of Jalisco, the species may be vulnerable to extirpation or genetic endogamy. There is a lack of conserved tropical semi-deciduous forest, which provides optimal habitat for reproduction of this parrot, within the current range of the species. Only the south, along the coast of Oaxaca, has extensive areas of this habitat. There are only three, small, protected areas within the species’ current range. Conservation strategies need to be implemented to restore connectivity between the three main areas of the current range of the yellow-headed parrot on the Pacific coast of Mexico.

Copyright
Corresponding author
*Laboratorio de Manejo y Conservación de Fauna Silvestre, Facultad de Biología, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Edificio R, Ciudad Universitaria, Morelia, Michoacán 58194, México. E-mail aperezarteaga@mac.com
References
Hide All
Anderson R.P., Lew D. & Peterson A.T. (2003) Evaluating predictive models of species distributions: criteria for selecting optimal models. Ecological Modelling, 162, 211232.
Bibby C.J., Burgess N.D., Hill D.A. & Mustoe S.H. (2000) Bird Census Techniques, 2nd edition. Academic Press, London, UK.
Binford L.C. (1989) A distributional survey of the birds of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Ornithological Monographs, 43.
Byers C.R., Steinhorst R.K. & Krausman P.R. (1984) Clarification of a technique for analysis of utilization-availability data. Ornithological Monographs, 48, 10501053.
Cantu J.C., Sanchez M.A., Grosselet M. & Silva J. (2007) Trafico Ilegal de Pericos en México: Una Evaluación Detallada. Defenders of Wildlife and Teyeliz, Mexico City, Mexico. Http://pericosmexico.org/publicaciones.html# [accessed 10 April 2009].
Chávez-Castañeda N., Gurrola-Hidalgo M.A. & García-López J.A. (1996) Catálogo de aves no passeriformes de la colección ornitológica del Instituto de Biología. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico.
Collar N.J., George L.P., Krabbe N., Madroño Nieto A., Naranjo L.G., Parker T.A. III & Wege D.C. (2000) Threatened Birds of the Americas. BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK.
DOF (Diario Oficial de la Federación) (2008) Decreto por el que se adiciona un artículo 60 Bis 2 a la Ley General de Vida Silvestre (martes 14 de octubre del 2008). Diario Oficial de la Federación, Mexico City, Mexico. Http://www.dof.gob.mx/ [accessed 10 April 2009].
Enkerlin-Hoeflich E.C. (1995) Comparative ecology and reproductive biology of three species of Amazon parrots in north-eastern Mexico. PhD thesis, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA.
Forshaw J.M. (1989) Parrots of the World, 3rd edition. Lansdown Editions, Willoughby, Australia.
Friedmann H., Griscom L. & Moore R.T. (1950) Distributional check-list of the birds of Mexico, part I. Pacific Coast Avifauna, 29, 1202.
GLCF (2010) Global Land Cover Facility. Http://glcf.umiacs.umd.edu/data/vcf/index.shtml [accessed 2 July 2010].
Howell S.N.G. (1999) A Bird-Finding Guide to Mexico. Cornell University Press, New York, USA.
Howell S.N.G. & Webb S. (1995) A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
Iñigo-Elias E.E. & Ramos M.A. (1991) The psittacine trade in Mexico. In Neotropical Wildlife Use and Conservation (eds Robinson J.G. & Redford K.H.), pp. 380392. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA.
IUCN (2008) 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. Http://www.iucnredlist.org [accessed 10 April 2009].
Marsden S.J. (1999) Estimation of parrot and hornbill densities using a point count distance sampling method. Ibis, 141, 377390.
Marsden S.J. & Pilgrim D. (2003) Factors influencing the abundance of parrots and hornbills in pristine and disturbed forest on New Britain, PNG. Ibis, 145, 4553.
Martínez-Meyer E. (2005) Climate change and biodiversity: some considerations in forecasting shifts in species’ potential distributions. Biodiversity Informatics, 2, 4255.
Miller A.H., Friedman H., Griscom L. & Moore R.T. (1957) Distributional check-list of the birds of Mexico, part II. Pacific Coast Avifauna, 33, 1436.
Monterrubio-Rico T.C., Ortega-Rodríguez J.M., Marin-Togo M.C., Salinas-Melgoza A. & Renton K. (2009) Nesting habitat of the lilac-crowned parrot in a modified landscape in Mexico. Biotropica, 41, 361368.
Monterrubio-Rico T.C., Villaseñor-Gómez L.E., Marín-Togo M.C., López-Córdova E.A., Fabian-Turja B. & Sorani-Dalbón V. (2007) Distribución histórica y actual del loro cabeza amarilla (Amazona oratrix) en la costa central del pacífico Mexicano, ventajas y limitaciones en el uso de GARP en especies bajo fuerte presión de tráfico. Ornitología Neotropical, 18, 263276.
Navarro A.G. (1992) Altitudinal distribution of birds in the Sierra Madre del Sur, Guerrero, Mexico. Condor, 94, 2939.
Navarro A.G., Peterson A.T. & Gordillo-Martínez A. (2003) Museums working together: the atlas of the birds of Mexico. Bulletin of the British Ornithological Council, 123, 207225.
Nue A.W., Byers C.R. & Peek J.M. (1974) A technique for analysis of utilization-availability data. Journal of Wildlife Management, 38, 541545.
Peterson A.T. (2001) Predicting species geographic distributions based on ecological niche modelling. Condor, 103, 599605.
Peterson A.T., Ball L.G. & Cohoon K.P. (2002) Predicting distributions of Mexican birds using ecological niche modelling methods. Ibis, 144, 2732.
Peterson A.T., Papes M. & Eaton M. (2007) Transferability and model evaluation in ecological niche modelling: a comparison of GARP and Maxent. Ecography, 30, 550560.
Phoonjampa R. & Brockelman W.Y. (2008) Survey of pileated gibbon Hylobates pileatus in Thailand: populations threatened by hunting and habitat degradation. Oryx, 42, 600606.
Renton K. (2002) Amazona oratrix, Loro cabeza amarilla. In Historia natural de Chamela (eds Noguera F.A., Vega-Rivera J.H., García-Aldrete A.N. & Quesada-Avendaño M.), pp. 343344. Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico.
Ridgely R.S. (1981) The current distribution and status of mainland Neotropical parrots. In Conservation of New World Parrots (ed. Pasquier R.F.), pp. 233384. Smithsonian Institution Press/International Council for Bird Preservation, Washington, DC, USA.
Rios-Muñoz C.A. (2002) Caracterización geográfica de la familia Psittacidae (Aves) utilizando un modelo predictivo. BSc thesis, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico.
Roet E.C., Mack D.S. & Duplaix N. (1981) Psittacines imported by the United States (October 1979–June 1980). In Conservation of New World Parrots (ed. Pasquier R.F.), pp. 2156. Smithsonian Institution Press/International Council for Bird Preservation, Washington, DC, USA.
Rowley J.S. (1984) Breeding records of land birds of Oaxaca, Mexico. Proceedings of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, 2, 74224.
Rzedowski J. (1994) Vegetación de México, 6th edition. Limusa Noriega Editores, Mexico City, Mexico. Http://www.conabio.gob.mx/institucion/centrodoc/doctos/vegetacion_de_mexico.html [accessed 16 July 2010]
Saad L., Talhouk S.N. & Mahy G. (2009) Decline of endemic Oncocyclus irises (Iridaceae) of Lebanon: survey and conservation needs. Oryx, 43, 9196.
Salinas-Melgoza A. & Renton K. (2005) Seasonal variation in activity patterns of juvenile lilac-crowned parrots in tropical dry forest. Wilson Bulletin, 117, 291295.
Schaldach W.J. Jr (1963) The avifauna of Colima and adjacent Jalisco, Mexico. Proceedings of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, 1, 1100.
SEMARNAP–INE (Secretaría del Medio Ambiente Recursos Naturales y Pesca–Instituto Nacional de Ecología) (2000) Proyecto de recuperación de especies prioritarias: proyecto nacional para la conservación, manejo y aprovechamiento sustentable de los psitácidos de México. SEMARNAP–INE, Mexico City, Mexico.
SEMARNAP-UNAM (Secretaría del Medio Ambiente Recursos Naturales y Pesca–Instituto de Geografía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) (2000) Resultados del inventario forestal nacional 2000. SEMARNAP–UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico.
Stockwell D.R.B. & Peters D.P. (1999) The GARP modelling system: problems and solutions to automated spatial prediction. International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 13, 143158.
Stockwell D.R.B. & Peterson T.A. (2002) Effects of sample size on accuracy of species distribution models. Ecological Modelling, 148, 113.
Trejo I. & Dirzo R. (2000) Deforestation of seasonally dry tropical forest: a national and local analysis in Mexico. Biological Conservation, 94, 133142.
Tsoar A., Allouche O., Steinitz O., Rotem D. & Kadmon R. (2007) A comparative evaluation of presence-only methods for modelling species distributions. Diversity and Distributions, 13, 397405.
USGS (United States Geological Survey) (2009) HYDRO1k Elevation Derivative Database. Http://edc.usgs.gov/products/elevation/gtopo30/hydro/index.html [accessed 1 July 2010].
Villaseñor-Gómez J.F. (1988) Aves costeras de Michoacán, México. BSc thesis. Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Mexico.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Oryx
  • ISSN: 0030-6053
  • EISSN: 1365-3008
  • URL: /core/journals/oryx
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Keywords:

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 1
Total number of PDF views: 21 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 186 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 19th October 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.