About the Working Group Psittaciformes (WGP)

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About the Working Group Psittaciformes (WGP)

Postby JuanMasello » Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:52 pm

The Working Group Psittaciformes (WGP) from the International Ornithologist's Union (IOU) started as the Parrot Researchers Group (PRG) during the 25 International Ornithological Conference (2010, Brazil). The group was appointed WGP of the IOU in 2013. The mission of this group is:

1) Promoting parrot research,

2) Establishing research needs and priorities, with particular attention to regional conservation strategies,

3) Identifying barriers to effective research and conservation of parrots,

4) Identifying solutions to the barriers mentioned in point 3).


The WGP is characterised by a regional approach, being organised in 5 regions (Africa, Australasia, Continental Neotropics, and Indo-Malayan), an Urban Parrot Section, Wild Parrot Veterinary Section, and a Secretary Office that coordinates joint work. The Co-ordinators of the regions and sections and the Secretary are elected by all members every four years. According to the Statutes and By-Laws of the IOU, two IOU Fellows, Prof. Dr. Dominique G Homberger (zodhomb@lsu.edu) and Dr. Juan F. Masello (juan.f.masello@bio.uni-giessen.de..), have been appointed Chairs of the WGP by the IOU President.
Since 2010, discussions, exchange of advice, and the coordination of joint projects have been carried out. The discussions can be freely accessed through our web page but registration is needed. If you are interested to join the group, please, write Dr. Igor Berkunsky or any of the regional coordinators (e-mails below).


Each of the WGP regions and the Secretary Office are focusing their efforts on specific regional and global projects.



African region
Current Co-ordination committee: TBA
Past co-ordination committee (2014-2018): Dr. Rowan Martin, Dr. Nathaniel Annorbah, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Craig Symes
The first part of the review of research and conservation for African parrots carried out during 2012-2014 is now available in our virtual library and in the Ostrich special issue on parrots (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tost20/current#.VK1iucZbrHM ) which was co-edited by members of the WGP. This region has three current aims: 1) further work on the regional update of the Parrot Action Plan (PAP), this time including a review of research and conservation priorities for African and Malagasy lovebirds: Genus Agapornis; 2) greater representation of the literature on African parrots in the WGP library; 3) to increase links with other groups working in Africa. A review on "The wild bird trade and African parrots: past, present and future challenges" has been recently published: Martin (2018) Ostrich 89(2): 139–143 http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2017.1397787



Australasian region
Current Co-ordination committee: Dr. George Olah (george.olah@anu.edu.au...), MSc. Johanne Martens (johannemartens@yahoo.de)
Past co-coordinators: Prof. Dr. Rob Heinsohn, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jörn Theuerkauf
This region has been working on a review paper analysing the factors endangering birds in the region, focusing on evaluating the consequences of climate change on habitat loss and invasive species. The following scientific paper is the result of the work: Olah et al. (2018) Emu - Austral Ornithology, 118, 94-112 https://doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2017.1410066.

For the period 2018-2022, we plan to follow the priorities outlined in our recent review covering this region (Olah et al. 2018), focusing on mitigating the main threats to the most endangered species. At the sub-regional level, we would focus on the following priority actions:

1. Australia
Australia, including its offshore islands, has 54 species of parrots, of which 15 are currently listed as threatened. We will continue our local on Critically Endangered Australian species. We also plan to do further conservation genetic research on Australian parrots, including whole genome sequencing and disease testing.

2. New Zealand
Invasive species present the most severe threat type to the parrots of New Zealand. We will continue to collaborate with colleagues from this region in monitoring the effects of predators and to protect the remaining parrot populations in the country.

3. Wallacea
The islands of Wallacea have 34 extant parrot species, of which 29% are threatened. Trapping was identified as a major threat in this sub-region. We will study the illegal parrot trade in Wallacea with forensic genomic tools in collaboration with colleagues from the Indo-Malayan region.

4. New Guinea
New Guinea is similarly rich in parrot diversity, with 46 native species, though only 7% are considered threatened. Many are poorly known, so we plan to gather further information on these species, and revise their Red List status.

5. Islands of the Pacific Ocean
There are 31 extant parrot species in the Pacific Islands, but nearly half (47%) are threatened with extinction. Conservation efforts will need to focus on eradication of invasive species from highlighted habitats. There are limited data for the parrots on most of the Pacific Islands, where research should be focused, with special emphasis on the threatened Vini species.

We will also involve audio-visual recording of our highlighted projects in the region to use them for education and awareness raising to the wider public (see more details at https://wildlifemessengers.org).

We are further planning to organise symposia and meetings for Australasian parrot researchers at conferences like AOC 2019, to form a stronger Australasian network and to promote collaborations and knowledge exchange.



Caribbean region
THIS SECTION HAS MERGED WITH THE NEOTROPICAL SECTION (see bellow)
Past co-ordinators (2010-2014): Dr. Thomas H. White Jr., Dr. Sam Williams
Several projects focused in: a) rehabilitation, nest monitoring and reforestation on Bonaire (Yellow-shouldered Amazon), b) endangered wild population management (Puerto Rican amazon), c) rehabilitation and release of Hispaniolan parrots and Hispaniolan conures rescued from the illegal pet trade, d) year-round tracking of released birds, e) initiating a third reintroduction of Puerto Rican amazon, f) monitoring and placement of artificial nests.



Neotropical region
Current Co-ordination committee: Dr. LoraKim Joyner (amoloros@gmail.com), Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand (ipaquetdurand@gmail.com)
Past co-ordinators (2014-2018): Dr. Igor Berkunsky, Ass. Prof. Dr. Donald Brightsmith, MSc. Martín Lezama López

This region has recently published the regional update of current threats faced by Neotropical parrots. See the attachments at the bottom:

Berkunsky, I., Quillfeldt, P., Brightsmith, D.J., Abbud, M.C., Aguilar, J.M.R.E., Alemán-Zelaya, U., Aramburú, R.M., Arce Arias, A., Balas McNab, R., Balsby, T.J.S., Barredo Barberena, J.M., Beissinger, S.R., Rosales, M., Berg, K.S., Bianchi, C.A., Blanco, E., Bodrati, A., Bonilla-Ruz, C., Botero-Delgadillo, E., Canavelli, S.B., Caparroz, R., Cepeda, R.E., Chassot, O., Cinta-Magallón, C., Cockle, K.L., Daniele, G., de Araujo, C.B., de Barbosa, A.E., de Moura, L.N., Del Castillo, H., Díaz, S., Díaz-Luque, J.A., Douglas, L., Figueroa Rodríguez, A., García-Anleu, R.A., Gilardi, J.D., Grilli, P.G., Guix, J.C., Hernández, M., Hernández-Muñoz, A., Hiraldo, F., Horstman, E., Ibarra Portillo, R., Isacch, J.P., Jiménez, J.E., Joyner, L., Juarez, M., Kacoliris, F.P., Kanaan, V.T., Klemann-Júnior, L., Latta, S.C., Lee, A.T.K., Lesterhuis, A., Lezama-López, M., Lugarini, C., Marateo, G., Marinelli, C.B., Martínez, J., McReynolds, M.S., Mejia Urbina, C.R., Monge-Arias, G., Monterrubio-Rico, T.C., Nunes, A.P., Nunes, F., Olaciregui, C., Ortega-Arguelles, J., Pacifico, E., Pagano, L., Politi, N., Ponce-Santizo, G., Portillo Reyes, H.O., Prestes, N.P., Presti, F., Renton, K., Reyes-Macedo, G., Ringler, E., Rivera, L., Rodríguez-Ferraro, A., Rojas-Valverde, A.M., Rojas-Llanos, R.E., Rubio-Rocha, Y.G., Saidenberg, A.B.S., Salinas-Melgoza, A., Sanz, V., Schaefer, H.M., Scherer-Neto, P., Seixas, G.H.F., Serafini, P., Silveira, L.F., Sipinski, E.A.B., Somenzari, M., Susanibar, D., Tella, J.L., Torres-Sovero, C., Trofino-Falasco, C., Vargas-Rodríguez, R., Vázquez-Reyes, L.D., White Jr, T.H., Williams, S., Zarza, R. & Masello, J.F. (2017) Current threats faced by Neotropical parrot populations. Biological Conservation, 214, 278-287.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320717306298 (0006-3207/ © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Licensing material from an Elsevier journal posted in this web page under agreement, Original Order Number: 501316194).

Projects for the period 2018-2022:
1. Coordinate with all researchers and members in the area to see what they are doing and what they are interested in doing together. Disseminate this information. Form a plan from this integration of other voices.
2. Support the formation of working groups for particular species - united on email/facebook/website/live conference. We need one for oratrix/auropaliatas in Central America, macaws in Central America, and in South America.
3. Support the formation of a section of our group (across regions) dedicated to wildlife trafficking.
4. Support the formation of a section of our group dedicated to population monitoring techniques and plans on how to fill in holes and vulnerable areas.




Indo-Malayan region
Current Co-ordination committee: TBA
Past co-ordinator: MSc. Avinandan
This region aims to 1) increase membership from this region; 2) get more literature on Indo-Malayan parrots into the WGP virtual library; 3) look out for funding opportunities to fund research work on parrots, particularly lesser known and declining species like the Nicobar parakeet (Psittacula caniceps), Lord Derby’s parakeet (P. derbiana) or Blue-rumped Parrot (Psittinus cyanurus) and also more widespread species like the Alexandrine parakeet (P. eupatria); 4) to complete a regional update of current threats faced by Indo-Malayan parrots.



Urban parrot section
Current Co-ordination committee: TBA
Past co-ordinators: MSc. Roelant Jonker, Prof. of Research Dr. José L. Tella, Dr. Michael Braun
Current aims of this region are to 1) increase our understanding of the establishment, diversity and population dynamics of introduced and native parrot populations through our global parrot count, 2) get insights in the genetic make-up and adaptations of these populations in response to live in the new, often urban, landscapes, 3) apply ecological niche modelling to gain insight in the alien invasive potential of these populations and manage real or perceived agricultural conflicts. Additionally, we are planning to educate the public on these populations on a continuous and scientific basis.



Wild Parrot Veterinary Section
Co-ordination committee: Dr. Patricia Latas (pjlatasdvm@gmail.com), Dr. Jessica Lee (jessica.lee@wrs.com.sg.),
Dr. LoraKim Joyner (amoloros@gmail.com)
Aims for 2018-2022: 1) Developing standardized and economically feasible screening and biosecurity protocols for confiscated and rescued psittacines being prepared for release, 2) finding solutions for the prohibitive costs of testing for disease, 3) developing veterinary/husbandry/basic care disaster planning and response for in-situ facilities and field stations working with wild psittacines, 4) developing wildlife diseases surveillance platform for wild psittacines, 5) collaboration, communications, consultation, training and open relations with all sections, 6) eventual Compendium of Wild Psittacine Health and Disease as related to natural history/biological/ecological/conservation/evolution topics, 7) training and awareness with global wildlife rehabilitators and wild psittacines.




Secretary office
Current Secretary: Dr. Igor Berkunsky (iberkunsky@parrots.org)
Past-Secretary (2010-2018): Dr. Juan F. Masello

In the coming years, this section will concentrate its efforts in a worldwide project related to parrot reintroductions across wild Psittaciformes from all over the world.

In previous years, this section coordinated a worldwide projects: the study of the presence of hemoparasites across wild Psittaciformes from all over the world, resulting in the following scientific publication:

Masello JF, Martínez J, Calderón L, Wink M, Quillfeldt P, Sanz V, Theuerkauf J, Ortiz-Catedral L, Berkunsky I, Brunton D, Díaz Luque JA, Hauber ME, Ojeda V, Barnaud A, Casalins L, Jackson B, Mijares A, Rosales R, Seixas G, Serafini P, Silva-Iturriza A, Sipinski E, Vásquez R, Widmann P, Widmann I & S Merino (2018): Can the intake of anti-parasitic secondary metabolites explain the low prevalence of hemoparasites among wild Psittaciformes? Parasites & Vectors 11: 357.1-357.15 Open access: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186%2Fs13071-018-2940-3

The secretary office has also been working on the creation and maintenance of a virtual library. The library, available to all WGP members has been/is managed by Juan F. Masello, Martín Lezama, Dr. Virginia Sanz, Ron Britton, José Díaz Luque, Dr. Soledad Díaz, and Dr. Carlos de Araújo our current and former librarians. Additionally, job adverts are distributed through the WGP e-group on a weekly basis. Detailed information on the expertise of WGP members is available in our web page (for registered members).



Grupo de Interés Temático de Psitácidos (Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biología y la Conservación)
Liason: MSc. Martín Lezama-López (nicapinol2002@yahoo.com)
Since 2010, the WGP closely co-operates with this independent group, particularly in the update of current threats faced by Neotropical parrots.







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Re: About the Working Group Psittaciformes (WGP)

Postby rbritton » Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:46 pm

Are there annual reports prepared on the activities of the regions and urban parrot section?

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Re: About the Working Group Psittaciformes (WGP)

Postby JuanMasello » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:09 pm

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Dr. Juan F. Masello
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics

Personal information, projects and publications
http://www.uni-giessen.de/masello

Burrowing Parrots
http://www.uni-giessen.de/~gf1702/

Penguins
https://frontiersinzoology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12983-017-0219-8

International Ornithologists' Union
http://www.internationalornithology.org/

27th International Ornithological Congress, Vancouver 2018
http://www.iocongress2018.com

Ornitología Neotropical
http://www.neotropicalornithology.org/ornitologia-neotropical/

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Re: About the Working Group Psittaciformes (WGP)

Postby rbritton » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:31 pm

Thanks much Juan! RonB

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Re: About the Working Group Psittaciformes (WGP)

Postby JuanMasello » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:54 am

This is the report of WGP related activities presented to the Executive Committee of the International Ornithologists' Union:

Working Group Psittaciformes_report_Aug_2018.docx
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I think all this is simply amazing! Thank you for all your enthusiasm and dedication!

I look forward to our next 4 year joint work! Cheers, JUAN
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Dr. Juan F. Masello
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics

Personal information, projects and publications
http://www.uni-giessen.de/masello

Burrowing Parrots
http://www.uni-giessen.de/~gf1702/

Penguins
https://frontiersinzoology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12983-017-0219-8

International Ornithologists' Union
http://www.internationalornithology.org/

27th International Ornithological Congress, Vancouver 2018
http://www.iocongress2018.com

Ornitología Neotropical
http://www.neotropicalornithology.org/ornitologia-neotropical/


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