Why are the Wild Parrots in Danger?

Gassed by Power Companies:

The power companies claim the 'eradication' (mass-killing) of these birds is necessary because they build huge nests near or on transformers, which can create potential fire hazards and power outages. The current method of removing these birds not only puts them at risk of extinction in our area, but it is an expensive process as well. It is also not the only way to solve the problem.

By consulting experts in the field (avian experts), some power companies in other states have had remarkable success in relocating the nests by discouraging the birds to build on transformers. This method is not only successful and humane, but also, it costs far less than the option of mass destruction of the birds and their nests.

Professor Dwight Smith, an avian expert at Southern Connecticut State University, informed lawmakers and power officials that simply killing the birds won't work. He states that an eradication program was tried well over 30 years ago, which only resulted in the birds coming back. Smith also points out there are other more effective and less invasive alternatives. Smith says The Humane Society of the United States, Friends of Animals and other organizations, have asked UI (the CT power company) to take down the nests without killing the birds, then send out crews to dismantle the nests when the birds try to rebuild. It is their experience that when the birds realize their nests are threatened, they eventually relocate.

WARNING: The following optional information is not for the feint of heart. This is the procedure used by the Connecticut power company for eradicating wild parrots.

Caught and Sold to Breeders:

Ironically, it is illegal for well-intentioned bird advocates in most states to capture and transport wild parrots. These laws, however, do not stop the not-so-well intentioned, who will raid the nests, capture the birds and sell them to disreputable breeders. This has been observed and reported in Brooklyn, as well as other parts of Long Island.

No Protection Under the Law:

Wild Parrots defined as an Invasive Species: President Clinton's Executive Order 13112 defines invasive species as 'an alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.' The original fear years ago was that the introduction of wild parrots into the United States would prove harmful to crops or other wildlife. Over time, this has been proven not to be the case.

On a positive note, in New Jersey, a legislative bill was submitted that protects the wild parrots by taking them off the invasive/dangerous species list. The fear is that this bill might be challenged and overturned; if so this will open the door to killing/poaching as described throughout New York and Connecticut.

In April of 2009, a bill (S4131) was put forth to protect quaker parrots in New York. The exact content of the bill can be found in this entry posted on the Wild Parrots of New York Blog, along with its current status.

In June of 2009, Barry and Gayle Schwartz of Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services (formerly Maspeth Bird Haven) posted a petition regarding pending NY City and NY State legislation to protect wild Quaker parakeets. You need not be a resident of NYC to support the City Council Resolution. Updates on this and other initiatives may be available on the Wild Parrots of NY blog.

The sad fact is that New York/New Jersey more or less stands alone in taking this type of action. Wild birds in general, unless deemed endangered have no protection from any course of action individuals or corporations choose to take. The majority of U.S. states offer no protection or restrictions on the capture, buying or selling of these or any other wild birds. This website, courtesy of quakerville.com is available for viewing individual restrictions by state.

Wild Parrots of New York 2015