La Rosita, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station are accustomed to seizing large quantities of marijuana coming across the border from Mexico, but Sunday afternoon they confiscated a very different sort of green object - Amazon parrots.
The agents found the birds when they were working near the Rio Grande and saw two people walking north with what appeared to be a birdcage. When the agents identified themselves, the pair dropped their contraband and fled into the brush. Agents searched the area and found two parrots inside a cage.
The birds were taken to the Rio Grande City port of entry and turned over to the Office of Field Operations. The parrots have an estimated value of $500 and are expected to be turned over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture some time today.
The popularity of parrots as household pets has contributed to their extensive trapping in the wild - causing some species to become threatened. In order to protect wild populations from being over-exploited, Treaties from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora have made the trapping of wild parrots illegal.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.