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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ognorhynchus icterotis
POPULATION: ~ 4,251 Individuals
IUCN STATUS: Endangered
HABITAT: Humid montane and elfin forest and adjacent partially cleared terrain; favors areas with wax palms.
The colorful, elusive Yellow-eared Parrot was considered by many to be a lost species until April 1999, when a group of researchers sponsored by ABC and Fundación Loro Parque discovered a group of 81 in the misty heights of the Colombian Andes.
Since this rediscovery, Yellow-eared Parrot numbers have rebounded due to intensive conservation, but like the Fuertes’s Parrot and Santa Marta Parakeet, this bird remains one of the most threatened parrot species in Colombia.