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The Yellow-naped Amazon naturally roosts in groups of hundreds © Ondrej Prosicky / Shutterstock

Polly wants a future: Yellow-naped Amazon in...

Wed, 25/08/2021
Chicks seized from the nest, birds dying in transit – the Yellow-naped Amazon’s wild population is being driven to the brink of extinction by the illegal pet trade. If we want to give this intelligent and resplendent parrot a future, we need to act now – before it’s too late.
Singapore parrot owners hold group gatherings to display and fly their birds © Tim Plowden//www.timplowden.co.uk

70% of Singapore parrot owners disapprove of wild...

Wed, 18/08/2021
New research reveals that the majority of Singapore’s growing community of pet parrot owners prefer captive-bred birds, and are concerned about the impact of the illegal wild parrot trade. If armed with knowledge, these groups have the potential to become champions for parrot conservation.
Common Hill Mynah chicks - this native species is illegal to sell in India © Abrar Ahmed

Uncovered: India’s illegal wild bird trade hub

Fri, 30/07/2021
India’s black market in wild birds may be less noticeable than in other countries, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as harmful. Our research has uncovered the sheer scale of the crisis – and also shown us what action we need to take to tackle it.
50-100 years ago, this was one  of the commonest birds  in Java’s farmlands © Simon Bruslund

A million caged, none in the wild: freeing the...

Fri, 09/07/2021
Over a million kept as pets in Indonesian homes, yet likely none left in their natural habitat: this is the extraordinary story of the Javan Pied Starling and what it represents for the Asian songbird crisis. Thankfully, plans for breeding and reintroduction raise hopes.
The Chattering Lory, a popular pet © Alan Tunnicliffe / Shutterstock

How pet owners are key to making the parrot trade...

Fri, 14/08/2020
New research reveals the social factors driving demand for parrots in Singapore. Lead author, Anuj Jain, discusses how international trade and domestic demand interact in what he refers to as the ‘ecosystem’ of the parrot trade.
Santa Marta Blossomcrown © Martin Mecranowski / Shutterstock

We are all connected – for worse, but also for...

Mon, 06/04/2020
The rapid spread of Coronavirus has shown us that the world is even more connected than we realised – and that our connections are also the key to facing this emergency together. Could the world’s rallying cry against current crisis be a hopeful sign of the environmental sea change to come?
© CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Conservation in the time of Coronavirus: a...

Wed, 18/03/2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita provides an update on measures taken, impacts on the wider conservation world, and the light at the end of the tunnel
The Chattering Lory is being captured from the wild in unsustainable numbers © Panu Ruangjan

The 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference: our...

Wed, 17/10/2018
It’s not just elephants and rhinos: BirdLife’s presence at this last week’s conference in London reminded the world of the birds that also need urgent help. Here are the pledges we made to protect the world’s most targeted birds, including parrots, hornbills and vultures.
"East Indes Market Stall in Batavia", painted in the 17th century by an unknown artist

Flight of Fancy: early depictions of the parrot...

Fri, 20/07/2018
Parrots are such popular pets that their capture has driven many species to the brink of extinction in the wild. But this isn't a new phenomenon - their role in human culture has been ingrained for millennia. We explore what parrots in art can tell us about the history of world trade routes.
Armonía's Alternative Feather programme is protecting the rare Blue-throated Macaw © Wendy Willis

A new hope for the Blue-throated Macaw

Fri, 13/01/2017
A successful programme geared towards promoting the use of artificial feathers in ceremonial headdresses gives renewed hope for the survival of the Blue-throated Macaw.
Market in Jakarta, Indonesia © Michelle Robinson

The silencing of the songbirds

Thu, 08/12/2016
The 2016 Red List reveals that Indonesia’s love of songbirds is a tainted love; unsustainable trapping is driving many endemic species towards extinction.