Rare Red-Crowned Parrots Being Captured throughout Valley
BROWNSVILLE – The offspring of a rare bird are being taken from their nests throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
The population of the red-crowned parrot is only seen in the Valley.
An expert tells us they’ve been repeatedly taken from palm trees and sold online.
KRGV’s Christian von Preysing spoke with a graduate student from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley who researches their habits.
"A lot of the parrots that we found in Brownsville will nest in dead palm trees,” says Caleb Arellano.
"People will figure out where the parrots are nesting and then they'll come in and they'll either chop down the palm tree to get to the parrots or they'll climb up it and break a hole."
Though the state and federal government do not have rules to protect the rare bird, some Valley cities have ordinances in place to prohibit their capture.
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