Monthly Archives: October 2016

Parrot species threat by legal and illegal trade in Southern Africa

Parrot Species Threat in Southern Africa. As a result of the legal animal trade Southern African parrot species are under threat. This excludes poaching threat. There were around 18,000 protected species of wild plant and animal worth $340 million sold legally between 2005 and 2014. At the top of the export list were live parrots. […]

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Beak & Feather virus breakthrough

Psittacine Beak & Feather Disease (PBFD) is a virus threatening the survival of rare Australian parrot species, including the western ground and orange-bellied parrots. These species have fewer than 50 birds remaining in the wild. The disease, which can lead to starvation and death as feathers moult and beaks soften is one of the main threats […]

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Cockatiel – Profile & Care Guide

Common name: Cockatiel Latin name: Nymphicus hollandicus Length: 29-33 cm (11-12.9 in) Weight: 80-100g (2.8-3.5 oz) Life Span: 15 to 20 years Origin: Australia Noise Level: Moderate. Males usually sing to attract a mate or at the beginning and end of the day, while females chirp to get the attention of their owner or mate. […]

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CITES upgrades African Grey Parrots to Appendix I

African Grey Parrots’ status was upgraded to “Appendix I”. In a meeting held in Johannesburg in September 2016, the U.N.s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has banned the global trade in wild African Grey Parrots. The species is highly prized as pet for its ability to imitate human speech all over the […]

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