Entries in Amazona albifrons - White-fronted Amazon (6)
Illegal trafficking of native parrots for house pets has been an escalating problem over the past several years. These birds are captured at a very young age to be sold as pets in the illegal pet trade market. The process results not only in the destruction of trees and life-long nests, but usually the death of the majority of the hatchlings that are taken for the pet trade.
A cruel practice that kills thousands of parrots every year.
Every so often we get an e-mail of somebody claiming to have found a new species of parrot on a bird market somewhere in South or Central America. Usually these are experienced birders that are unable to identify a parrot species found for sale.
A new permanent ban on parrot sales in Mexico may protect the country's exotic birds from a thriving illegal wildlife trade, conservationists say.