When Alex, an African Grey Parrot known to converse and vocally identify colors and objects, died in 2007, he garnered obituaries in national publications for his role in a 30-year study that examined intelligence in parrots.
Entries in Psittacus erithacus - African Grey Parrot (45)
Two persons were detained on Saturday by the Customs and Forest departments in the West Bengal's Malda district for travelling with birds of rare species without valid documents. Altogether, 24 exotic birds, valued at around Rs. 18 lakh, were found in their possession.
Illegal trade in African parrots has led to a conservationist turning to DNA to save the species from extinction.
A company of 141 wild-caught African grey parrots smuggled into South Africa will be given to a Limpopo bird breeder who took the World Parrot Trust Africa and the government to court, sparking an ownership row. The parrots will be sent to his breeding facility in Mozambique.
The office of the state attorney, acting on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Board (MPTA), revealed this week that the parrots, snatched from the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and smuggled into South Africa through Mozambique earlier this year, have now been forfeited to the MPTA.