HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Pet trade wrong: Poaching major threat to parrots

While the pet trade and conservation biologists agree that parrots are threatened by habitat loss, they disagree about the effects of poaching. Avicultural interests downplay it but biologists say poaching chicks for the lucrative pet trade is one of the biggest reasons for the parrots' decline. New research shows that the biologists are right.

"Our results are the first to demonstrate that poaching of nestling parrots is indeed widespread and in many species is occurring at levels that probably are not sustainable," says Timothy Wright of the University of Maryland in College Park, who reports this work with 24 co-authors in the June issue of Conservation Biology.

Nearly a third of the 145 parrot species in the Neotropics (Mexico, Central and South America) are threatened, making them among the most endangered groups of birds worldwide. Parrots fetch an average of $800 in the U.S. and the number of parrot chicks taken from the wild is estimated at up to 800,000 per year. Parrots are particularly sensitive to poaching because they have low reproductive rates.

Based on existing studies of 21 parrot species in 14 Neotropical countries, Wright and his colleagues determined the birds' death rates due to nest poaching. The overall poaching rate was 30% and for four species it exceeded 70%, which is too high given parrots' low reproductive rates. Without intervention, these four species are likely to decline sharply, say the researchers.

Wright and his colleagues also compared poaching in 10 species before and after the 1992 U.S. Wild Bird Conservation Act, which bans imports of threatened parrots. They found that this legal protection cut poaching rates from nearly 50% to 20%, refuting the pet trade's arguments that limiting legal trade will only intensify illegal trade and thus poaching.

This finding suggests that parrots would benefit from similar legislation in Europe and Japan, which currently provide most of the
'"/>

Contact: Timothy Wright
tw98@umd.edu
301-405-5940
Society for Conservation Biology
28-May-2001


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Veterinarians, wildlife experts applaud Chinas ban of wild bird trade
2. University of Minnesota professors to speak at symposium on international trade
3. NAFTA arbitrators in environmental case agree to formal public input, a first for trade hearings
4. Primates trade smell for sight
5. Tracking the illegal ivory trade
6. Live seafood trade linked to species invasions
7. Shark fin trade greater than previously thought, study finds
8. First practical test for monitoring shark trade
9. Resumption of caspian caviar trade could mean extinction
10. Plant diseases plague world trade
11. Eaten as food, African orchids threatened by illegal trade

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/13/2020)... , ... March 13, 2020 , ... ... new outbreak of coronavirus can cause conjunctivitis and possibly be transmitted by aerosol ... , Contact lens wearers should take special precautions to avoid contracting the ...
(Date:3/11/2020)... ... March 11, 2020 , ... ... today announced smart human body temperature infrared touch-free monitoring product family, a standalone ... WxS x800-IRTM, supporting flexible wireless uplink for cloud connectivity such as NB-IoT, Wi-Fi, ...
(Date:3/5/2020)... ... March 05, 2020 , ... With ... agreement with Phoenestra GmbH to accelerate Cytonus’ existing products and to expand the ... California. Phoenestra is a biotech company located in Austria. , Phoenestra has ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/10/2020)... ... March 10, 2020 , ... Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a global leader of in ... ORTHOTM Sera, ID-MTS, a suite of extended antigen in a gel testing format used ... ORTHO VISION® and ORTHO VISION® Max in the United States and Canada. The clearances ...
(Date:3/4/2020)... ... March 04, 2020 , ... This month, Cognosante will make its ... company will showcase both expanded and emerging offerings that align with the HIMSS annual ... designed to be comprehensive, timely, and engaging. From Interoperability and HIE ...
(Date:2/28/2020)... ... February 26, 2020 , ... Designed primarily for ... with a dedicated controller, thus simplifying setup, streamlining integration, and optimizing workflow. Capable ... first of Fastec Imaging’s new HS Series cameras to be released. The HS ...
(Date:2/21/2020)... N.Y. (PRWEB) , ... February 20, 2020 , ... ... for ensuring supply chain transparency and reassuring consumers that what’s listed on an ... and trademarked ingredients, Nutrition21 has introduced this solution with the adoption of CertainT, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: