Research Reveals Jaco only Parrot Damaging Citrus on Island

Parrot eating passion fruits

Parrot eating passion fruits

Research that began in 2008 will soon be completed, following a recent 12 day visit by Dr. Leo Douglas, Honorary Research Fellow from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

While on Island Douglas conducted a survey with various individuals and or media personnel on the news coverage of agriculture, the natural environment and parrots.

According to Douglas, this final aspect of the research focused on the destruction of citrus by parrots in Dominica.

According to him, there is a perception that both the Jaco and Sisserou Parrots are responsible for the damage of citrus, however through his research, he discovered that only the Jaco is responsible.

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Dr. Leo Douglas, Honorary Research Fellow from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Douglas noted, this problem is experienced across the region including Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico and Guatemala, as parrots main source of food is citrus.

He noted, Syndicate is one of the communities with a major problem with parrots damaging citrus in that it is the area with the most citrus on Island.

When completed, copies of the research will be available at the Roseau Public Library and at the Division of Forestry, Agriculture & Wildlife.

 

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