Research and Breeding
Our avicultural re-introduction programme includes the following species:
Black bellied Tree (Whistling) Ducks (Dendrocygna autumnalis) 1967- February 2016...... 1597 birds
Fulvous Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna bicolor) 1985-2016.........695 birds
White faced Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna viduata) 1988-2016 .....62 birds
White cheeked Pintails (Anas bahamensis) 1982-2016......142 birds
Wild Muscovy ducks (Cairina moschata) 1985- February 2016.....8710 birds
Blue & Gold Macaws (Ara ararauna) 2 releases into the Nariva Wetlands; the most recent was in 2011 when 10 adult birds were released into the Bush Bush Wildlife Sanctuary. Current adult stock (March 2016) 36. The DNA/ Sexing programme in collaboration with the School of Veterinary Medicine, Mount Hope; Professor Chris Oura and Mr. Lemar Blake continues.
Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) First breeding in 1991 with 103 bred to date; 2 releases, 1999 & 2007. A total of 78 birds released. A few pairs bred & released at the PaPWildfowl Trust stayed around for approximately 2 years, nested and bred in the Trust's environs before flying off eventually with their fledged young.
The fledgling birds have been released into another of the Trust's breeding aviaries, separated from the main breeding pairs in their purpose- built aviary. Wildlife section, Forestry Division rescued an unfledged juvenile bird from the Caroni Wetlands and brought it to the Trust to be added to our stock.