Endangered Parrots

I know that this is not at the forefront of political discussion. It certainly does not rank up there with assault weapons, but it is important to me. I am a foster parent for rescued parrots. The organization doing the rescue is Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue. Our commitment is to receive any parrot, nurse them back to health to the extent possible–they are often is bad shape due to the lack of knowledge of the previous owner or the cruelty of others.

Parrots have a lifespan of 20, 30, 70 and even more years. This means that a parrot purchased from a breeder or store, may very well live longer than the owner.  When the pet owners get sick and can’t care for the birds, they are neglected. When someone dies, their parrots go without care. We have even found some sitting in dirty, tiny cages in a corner of the garage with no light, fed a handful of seed tossed into a dish each day and no interaction with either other birds or with people.

Chet Womach mentions the trapping and poaching in Mexico. A few years ago, my friend in Mazatlan who runs a wild animal rehab program (Conrehabit, Mazatlan), was asked by the Mexican government to care for several hundred parrots. The government had captured a group of poachers transporting trucks to the US, illegally smuggling parrots. Over 50% of the original birds had died. She accepted about 400 parrots, many of them sick but all malnourished and traumatized. With the help of many volunteers contributing work and money, they managed to save about two hundred.

You can click this link to go to Mickaboo, meet our birds and learn about adopting. The volunteers at Mickaboo–it is an all-volunteer organization–

Mickaboo (And the sister group Mickacoo who specialize in rescuing pigeons and doves) do an amazing job of caring for these wonderful, intelligent and beautiful creatures, even supporting a parrot “hospice” for birds whose injuries and illnesses are terminal. They care for the Wild Flock of San Francisco who roam Telegraph Hill and other areas.

If you are so inclined, Mickaboo is always in need of funds to help pay veterinarians, but also always in need of adopters. We have over 370 parrots available for adoption. They range from tiny lovebirds, budgies and parrotlets to larger African Greys, Amazons and Macaws. You can click on the link to see all the wonderful parrots available.

Wild parrot populations are dropping at an alarming rate…

… Due to deforestation. And, inhumane trapping.

According to a 2005 report: 77% of trapped adult parrots die
between their capture and their arrival at their new home.

In Mexico, this means that 50,000 to 60,000+ birds are
dying each year as part of this trade.

It’s heartbreaking… it’s gruesome… and it’s a BIG problem!

So what can we do?

Stopping the trade begins with education!

Get the facts here – and then share this page with your friends
on Facebook, via email, via Twitter, etc – and encourage them
to share, too.

Because this only stops when NEW bird owners stop giving
money to the businesses and breeders who support this

Learn more about the illegal parrot trade here:


And again – share this with your friends!

Especially with your birdless friends!!!

Chet Womach

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