The plight of Saint Lucia's only parrot was recognised in the 1970s, and conservation programmes sprung into place. These concerted efforts have managed to reverse the parrot's decline, and it is now slowly recovering. In 1979, the year of Saint Lucia's independence, this parrot became the island's National symbol, which dramatically increased local awareness of the species (5). A ban on hunting within protected forests was secured, and in 1975 a captive-breeding programme was established on the island. Captive-breeding of this species has been successful and, in 1995, 19 young birds had fledged. Conservation targets for the future aim to build on the successes of the captive-breeding programme, maintain and enforce the hunting bans in the protected areas, and conduct research surveys into the feeding and breeding ecology of these beautiful birds (4).