Local Researchers use Genetics to Help Threatened Amazon Parrots

As part of a wide-ranging conservation effort, a group of Oakland University (OU) researchers has been mapping the DNA of Amazon parrot species from the Caribbean.  Yellow-Billed Jamaican Parrot The six species are native to the Yucatan Peninsula, in Central America, and the four Greater Antillean islands of Jamaica, Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico. The island species are all under threat, particularly the Puerto Rican Parrot, which has been classified as “critically endangered” and … [Read more...]