Amazon parrots returned back into the wild in USA

December 28th, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
Amazon parrots returned back into the wild in USA
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More than 20 parrots were released back into the wild in El Cajon, USA on December 22 by nonprofit organization SoCal Parrot. The San Diego Union-Tribune informed about that on the official website. In total, 25 Lilac-crowned Amazons (Amazona finshi) and Green-cheeked Amazons (Amazona viridigenalis) were returned back into the wild.

The group of twelve volunteers who performed the release have been managed by founder, director and president of organization SoCal Parrot Brooke Durham. A similar event took place at the same place in the last year.

SoCal Parrot is a nonprofit association of volunteers who care for orphaned and injured parrots. It was established in 2011 and has branches in San Diego County, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Riverside, Los Angeles a Orange counties.


The organization is supported also by San Diego Department of Animal Services and Project Wildlife. SoCal Parrot doesn’t accept domestic parrots, only injured wild individuals.

“If they’re angry birds, they’re probably wild,” Durham said for The San Diego Union-Tribune. “They have a clear way of vocalizing, a clear indication that they don’t care for humans even looking at them. A typical parrot that is domestic is not going to be upset with a human looking at it.”


Brooke Durham, founder and director of SoCal Parrot, a wild parrot rescue group based in Jamul, waits for just the right time on Sunday to have volunteers release more than two dozen healthy birds into the skies above the El Cajon Courthouse.

(c) Karen Pearlman, Union-Tribune.


In San Diego Country we can find thousands of wild parrots comming from all over the world. There are species from Asia, Central or South America. Durham believes that most of them are survivors of a black market pet trade because San Diego is found near to the border.

“That’s where smugglers release poached wild birds before getting caught with the evidence of a federal crime,” Durham said. “Our urban landscaping tends to utilize lots of flowering and fruiting plants and trees from the same habitats that the parrots originate from. That’s probably a welcome sight to a bird that has just escaped the poachers at the border.”


Title photo: (c) Tom Fowlks.



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