The largest report yet on wild-parrot nests has found poaching to be alarmingly common. The report also argues, however, that at least one protection measure has chilled illegal trade in the birds.
Twenty-five researchers from 14 countries pooled mostly unpublished data on 21 species of New World parrots, says Timothy F. Wright of the University of Maryland in College Park. In the June Conservation Biology, Wright and the other researchers report that poachers looted about a third of the nests monitored. There were areas where poachers hit more than 70 percent of the nests, but in a few places, mostly on Caribbean islands, no raids were detected.
Of the 145 known species of Neotropical parrots, 46 totter near extinction. The birds already struggle against an array of menaces, and poaching onl