235 parrots and 300 passerines confiscated in Mexico

December 2nd, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
235 parrots and 300 passerines confiscated in Mexico
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The Federal Agency for Environmental Protection (Profepa) confiscated 535 wild birds in a house of Mexican city Iztapalapa. All specimens were going to be traded across the whole country.

The agency indicates that they got a complaint about strange activities of the offender from his neighbours. That’s why Profepa inspector decided to do a house search in cooperation with Federal Ministry of Public Security (SSPDF).

In the house, inspectors found more than 500 of the wild birds. The owner couldn’t prove their origin and that’s why all of them were confiscated.



Among confiscated parrots there were 200 Orange-fronted conure (Aratinga canicularis), 20 Red-lored Amazons (Amazona autumnalis) and 15 Keel-billed Toucans (Ramphastos sulfuratus).

Besides parrots, there were also 300 passerines including Brown-backed solitaires (Myadestes occidentalis), Slate-coloured solitaires (Myadestes unicolor), Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos), Painted Buntings (Passerina ciris) and others.

Accordingly to Mexican law the Keel-billed Toucan and Slate-coloured Solitaire are both considered to be endangered species. Orange-fronted Conure, Painted Bunting and Brown-backed Solitaire are classified in a category with special protection.

All confiscated birds were moved to Center for Wildlife Conservation and Research located in Reyes la Paz, Mexico.


Title photo: (c) Profepa


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