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Nesting Begins for Endangered Parrots
Saturday, February 12 2005 @ 02:57 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation CARIBBEAN NATIONAL FOREST, Puerto Rico -- Raucous squawking erupts from cages filled with dozens of parrots -- a hopeful sound from a species on the brink of extinction. The last chance of survival for the Puerto Rican parrot may lie in forest aviaries where these captive birds began their nesting in January under close observation.

Researchers estimate only 30 to 35 Puerto Rican parrots remain in the wild, making it one of the world's 10 most endangered birds.

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That Parrot Could Earn You Five Years in Prison, in Uganda
Tuesday, January 25 2005 @ 01:28 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation Uganda, Africa: People illegally keeping parrots have three months to register them or face five years imprisonment.

"Of recent the African Grey Parrot is facing extinction because of its high demand by mostly the expatriate community. UWA has given chance to those keeping parrots for pets to register them with us," said Mr Tom Obong Okello a UWA Community Conservation Coordinator UWA in an interview on Monday.

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U.S. government returns smuggled parrots to Mexico
Thursday, January 13 2005 @ 12:31 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation ELLIOT SPAGAT - Associated Press - Posted on Tue, Dec. 21, 2004

SAN DIEGO - They tried to enter the United States in the wee hours of the morning, many of them stuffed in black metal boxes inside a silver Nissan pickup truck.

After being rescued by a border inspector, they spent months in captivity while U.S. and Mexican officials negotiated their repatriation. An official from Mexico City flew to the border city of Tijuana to greet them Monday.

They are not illegal immigrants. They are smuggled parrots - 90 red-headed and lilac-crowned Amazon parrots believed to have been captured in the tropics of southern Mexico. Authorities said they were likely to be sold at flea markets and pet shops, mostly in Southern California, for up to $800 apiece.

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Parrot smuggler's egg scheme unhatched
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 10:10 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation The Sun-Herald, November 14, 2004, Australia

A man has been charged after allegedly trying to smuggle parrot eggs out of Australia in his underpants.

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Birders spy parakeets during festival tour
Monday, November 29 2004 @ 09:59 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation HARLINGEN ó Joanne Blake didnít know there were wild parrots in the United States.

"I thought you had to go to South America to have parrots," she said.

Minutes later, a red lored parrot fluttered over the city lake here.

"Itís thrilling," said Blake, a retired substance abuse therapist from Montana. "Itís a tourist attraction for the area."

Late Thursday afternoon, about 50 birders attending the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival toured Harlingen and San Benito in search of parrots that make up an expanding population.

By FERNANDO DEL VALLE
Joe Hermosa / Valley Morning Star

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Kakapo inoculations going well
Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 08:07 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation Dobbie the kakapo was alive and well, Department of Conservation kakapo recovery team leader Paul Jansen reported last night.

Dobbie was the first Chalky Island kakapo to be inoculated against the deadly bacteria erysipelas, which has killed three of his comrades.

With only 83 of the rare parrots now left worldwide, Dobby and 22 other kakapo were taken from their home on Codfish Island, near Stewart Island, earlier this month.

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