Some Grey-headed Parakeets Released

AKP Phnom Penh, May 23, 2019 — 

Wildlife Alliance’s rangers from Chambak Patrol Station have recently saved and released 10 Grey-headed parakeets back into the wild. 

The near threatened (IUCN) birds were kept in a cage ready to be sold on the black market, but they were rescued by the Cambodian rangers.  

Grey-headed parakeet (Psittacula finschii) is closely related to the slaty-headed parakeet which together form a super-species. It is found in Southeast Asia from north-eastern India to Vietnam. 

The grey-headed parakeet is often captured in the exotic bird trade and many are locally kept as pets. They tend to be popular in some small villages in southern China and surrounding areas. The constant trapping of birds is greatly affecting the wild population. 

Currently, deforestation and logging of the bird’s natural forest habitat is also making a negative impact on the parakeet’s population.

(Photo: Wildlife Alliance)

By Khan Sophirom