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QUEIROZ, Bianca Campos; GENARO, Gelson; QUEIROZ, Vinicius de Seixas  and  TOKUMARU, Rosana Suemi. Quantificação e descrição dos principais comportamentos de papagaios-chauá (Amazona rhodocorytha, Salvadori, 1890) cativos. Rev. etol. [online]. 2014, vol.13, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 1517-2805.

In the present study the behaviors of a "chauá" group (Amazon rhodocorytha), a threatened species of parrot, was described and quantified. The group was constituted by 21 individuals from different origins, with different ages and from both sexes, kept in captivity. The influence of the position of different objects in the enclosed space and of the period of the day on the pattern of activity of the group was also investigated. The observation took place between July and September. The scan method was used to quantify the categories locomotion, exploration, maintenance, rest, vocalization in movement, vocalization in rest, agonistic and affiliative social interactions. Space use was also registered during scans. The results indicate that: 1) the activity of the animals depends on characteristics of the environment-in more exposed environments the animals tend to be more active; 2) the individuals of this species present a tropism for higher areas and they avoid to rest in the ground. The results are discussed in the light of the knowledge available about the behavior of other species of parrots, their maintenance in captivity, and the relevance of this study for species conservation programs.

Keywords : Psittacidae; Amazona rhodocorytha; behavior; captivity; handling.

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