thriving vs. surviving

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Birdz of the Americas

There are 347 different species of parrots in the world, and the Americas are home to 162 of them. Basically, every country in the Americas hosts parrots from the feral escapees living in Canada and the United States to their native habitats ranging from Mexico to South America.

 

The variety of parrots is amazing as they range in size from the diminutive parrotlet, at just over 3", to the majestic Hyacinth Macaw measuring over 3 feet in length.

 

Sadly, almost one third of the world's parrot population is in danger of extinction, much of it related to the demands of the pet industry and/or the loss of habitat. In some instances there are more parrots of a given species living in captivity than there are in the wild. Laws have been created to restrict the importation of parrots to the United States, Canada and many other nations but the domestic demand for the birds as pets in Central and South America continues. Additionally, the encroachment on their habitat is the greater threat as more land is used for agriculture and development every year.

 

Therefore, responsible aviculture has its place, but the privilege of living with such beautiful creatures requires that we educate ourselves so that the birds are "thriving and not just surviving" under our care.