The Lesser Vasa-Parrot, also known as the Black Parrot, is a species found off the southwest coast of Africa on Madagascar and other outlying islands.
The Lesser Vasa-Parrot feeds on fruits, seeds, berries, and even flowers. They forage for food in mangrove swamps and evergreen forests. Lesser Vasa-Parrots are cavity nesters, using tree holes or hollow limbs for raising their chicks.
Details & Statistics
The Lesser Vasa-Parrot is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2014 by BirdLife International. This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.