Protecting habitat works! The gorgeous Indigo-winged Parrot, which was first described by scientists in 1911, was thought to be extinct. None had been seen for 80 years until at last, in 2002, about a dozen were discovered surviving in remote high cloud-forest in Colombia. Their habitat was fragmented and unprotected, however, and the species appeared doomed. In 2007 conservationists bought the land and created the Fuertes Parrot Reserve. Now the Indigo-winged Parrot numbers over 250 and other rare species sharing the habitat like the Rusty-faced Parrot, the Golden-plumed Parakeet and the Rufous-fronted Parakeet are all growing in numbers.
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