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Nov 12, 2019

License for Domestic Parrot Holders are Coming

Nikki Buxton

As you heard in that story just now, Belize’s parrots are under threat. The illegal trafficking of native parrots for house pets has been a growing problem. The yellow-headed parrots are captured at a very young age and sold as pets in the illegal pet trade. The birds also face a number of other threats that have caused them to be listed as an endangered species. So, to help protect the yellow-headed parrots, it is illegal to own one in Belize without a license. Today when we spoke with Nikki Buxton of the Belize Bird Rescue she gave us an update on the licensing process.


Nikki Buxton, Managing Director, Belize Bird Rescue

“This was a few years ago, the Forest Department between us brought in a license program where we would grandfather in the legalities of having a parrot in the cage, provided they maintain the standards and the bird was in the good condition. A lot of people put in their application and didn’t hear much, the reason for that is that the Forest Depart is, like everybody else, is struggling for resources and funding but they are getting there. They are getting to people with these birds and anybody who put in application, they will eventually be coming around to register and license the birds to make it legal for them. But we urge members of the public not to go out and get a bird from the wild, under any circumstances because it is illegal and is demolishing the population. Eventually if forest department finds out about it they are going to take it away.”

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