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Agents Seize Two Smuggled Parrots in Texas

Release Date: 
March 29, 2011

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.

Agents found these two parrots when smugglers abondoned them during a chase.

Agents found these two parrots when smugglers abondoned them during a chase.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017