Finally, conservationists and bird enthusiasts have some promising news regarding the fate of wild parrots. Mexico’s recently imposed ban on collecting and exporting wild parrots (please see article below) appears to be having its intended effect. Confiscations are at an all-time low, the public is cooperating, and birds in neighboring Guatemala may be benefitting as well.
A Bad Year for Smugglers
Despite increased attention to parrot smuggling, last year (2010) saw only 568 parrots confiscated in Mexico…less than any time in the past decade, and down 1/3 from 2009. As Mexico has long been an outlet for birds illegally trapped in neighboring Guatemala, it is believed that the ban is having a positive effect there as well. Read More »