SAINT LUCIA — A few decades ago, you couldn’t go anywhere on this island without hearing about the St. Lucia Parrot. The national bird was the subject of songs, plays, bumper stickers and even appeared on postage stamps.
There was a good reason for all the attention. The St. Lucia Parrot, which is endemic to the island, was on the verge of extinction. The species had declined from about 1,000 birds in the 1950s to just 150 in the late 1970s. Most experts predicted it would die out by the turn of the century. That’s when citizens decided to rally around their parrot — Amazona Versicolour — known locally as a “Jacquot.”