The first report and preliminary observations on escaped parrot species (Psittaciformes) inTurkey through citizen science

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Bird Census News, vol.30, no.2, pp.47-52, 2017 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Title of Journal : Bird Census News
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-52


The presence of non-native parrot species (Psittaciformes) is becoming increasingly obvious in many countries around the world. To establish their actual status in Turkey, a Citizen Science focused observation project was set up in 2006 to collect records of escaped parrots in several cities. Until now, nine new species have been identified: Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), Yellovv-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea),Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacSenegal parrot (Poicephalus senegalus), Orange-vvinged amazon parrot (Amazona amazonica), Plum-headed parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala), Eastern rosella ( eximius), Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) and Masked lovebird (Agapornis personatus). The project also includes two species already present for several decades and categorized as non-native resident, the Ring-necked parakeet (Psittacula krameri) and the Alexandrine parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) which are monitored. The presence of the nine new species is discussed in relation to legal regulations on trade and their natural distribution range.