Throughout west and central Africa, African Greys have been disappearing due to forest loss and pet trade. Bird-X Inc., provider of humane bird control solutions, discusses a recent blog referencing the event.
As stated in Bird-X’s recent blog posted on February 8th, 2016, there has been a noticeable decrease in African Grey parrots throughout the forests of Africa. Even places like Ghana have realized the difficulty in spotting members of this once flourishing population. According to National Geographic, this is attributed to the cutting down of forests and ongoing pet trade for these intelligent birds.
As the tall trees are being removed from the forests, there is a huge effect on the parrots. The blog states, “As large trees provide the breeding ground for the African Greys, the removal of these trees ends up limiting that process.” This further limits the ability for the birds to reproduce and increase their population.
Additionally, the pet trade hinders the growth of the African Grey community. National Geographic explains that according to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), “The African Grey parrot is the single most heavily traded wild bird…There have been 800,000 legal recorded imports of the parrots from range countries since 1980.” Because of this fact, CITES has delivered a proposal to finally end the trading of wild-caught parrots.
Even though the United States and European Union have forbidden African Grey imports, captive-bred trading remains present. By establishing stricter regulations and limiting trade, the population of African Greys may be saved from continued decline.
Bird-X recognizes the importance of protecting wildlife and the environment throughout the world. By offering a humane alternative to humane and deadly products, Bird-X focuses on providing solutions that are effective, yet harmless to the animal.