In Central Chile lives a sub-specie  of the Burrowing Parakeet, the Cyanoliseus patagonus bloxami. And while the Burrowing Parakeet is not considered endangered, the chilean sub-specy is. The population is estimated at just a few thousands. Pet trade is the main reason for this decline.

ARKive photo - Burrowing parakeets caged for selling

Nowadays, this sub-specy is receiving formal protection, and pet trade is severely punished. However, as a parrot can be sold at around 50.000 clp (~$100), there are still some people looking for them.


Shot with Nikon D800E, 500mm + 1.7 teleconverter.

The Burrowing Parakeet on the IUCN website.



Below is the result of setting up  a camera trap on a single « colpa » salt lick, in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon, for 4 weeks…

As expected, the area is now targeted by loggers, miners, and other developers.

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Amazing project showing all the 39 species of Birds-of-Paradise living in New Guinea, a few surrounding islands, and a small part of adjacent Australia. In eight years, they have made 18 expeditions to 51 different field camps, climbed hundreds of trees, built dozens of blinds, recorded thousands of video and audio recordings, spent more than a year and a half of cumulative time in the field, and taken more than 39,000 photos.

Check out their Introduction video:


For more info about it, look at their website, Birds-of-Paradise Project.