The Tanygnathus Society is dedicated the restoration, preservation and the education of a small genus of parrots, the Tanygnathus. This genus includes the Great Billed Parrot, the Blue Naped Parrot and the Mullers Parrot. These three species are threatened in their natural habitat and are included on the IUCN Red List of endangered species.
The Great Billed Parrot (Tanygnathus megalorynchos) although exported to this country and Europe in small numbers in the 1980's have not settled into their captive conditions so as to be considered aviculturally established. Losses to disease and aggression have also been detrimental to the genus. The Phillipine Blue Naped Parrot (Tanygnathus lucionensis) has proven to be the most successful in captivity. The third species of this the group, the Mullers or Blue Backed Parrot (Tanygnathus sumatranus), has not been widely kept but does well in captive conditions and will reproduce. All three species are in need of concentrated effort by serious aviculturists if they are to remain in aviculture for years to come.
The goals of the Tanygnathus Society are:
Building a self-sustaining, captive bred population of the Tanygnathus species
Distribute avicultural and scientific information on the genus Tanygnathus to all members and other interested parties through a semi-annual bulletin
Take a periodic census of the genus
Assist where possible, the preservation of the genus in the wild
Promote responsible aviculture for the genus Tanygnathus
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