This is the sister website  to the  Indian parakeets yahoo group. It deals with the natural history and conservation of the 15 known species of extant and extinct Psittacula parakeets and 3 species of sympatric Loriculus. Psittacula are among the most elegant and beautiful birds in the world.

The primary concern is the inhumane trade in wild parrots across Asia and finding feasible solutions to end this vicious trade once and for all. Though it is illegal to sell all native bird species in India,the trade goes on unchecked for myriad reasons.

Of chief concern is the tens of thousands of livelihoods which are dependent on the trade.Unless alternate livelihood is provided for the traditional trappers who are most often poor and do this to earn a square meal, this would be pursuit in vain. Urban bird traders, on the other hand, deserve no mercy whatsoever and should be given the harshest punishment.

Psittacologists are welcome to discuss best possible solutions for conserving the parrots in their natural habitat.Attracting funds on conservation oriented research work on Indian Psittacines-both on ecology in their natural habitats and on trade and trafficking is a priority.

Pet owners living in South Asia could join to know how best to take care of the ones already in captivity in a humane and scientific manner. Perhaps one day, the Psittacula may follow the macaws,Indian vultures into extreme rarity and captive birds may be valuable in re-establishing populations in the wild. This is already the case with some species in certain parts of their range. People desperately wanting to have a pet parakeet in India should chose captive bred domesticated parrots with relatively shorter lifespans  over native birds which undergo great trauma in transit to the home.

Fortune-tellers who commonly use Parakeets, usually the Roseringed(IRN) in rat-trap type cages should be persuaded to abandon their pathetic occupation altogether.

It should be emphasized though that most parakeet owners (unlike traders)are not as guilty as the law would assume them to be, because the Indian Wildlife Protection Act is not well publicized. There is also need for legislation which regulates the number of parrots(native/exotic) which can be kept by any one family unit to discourage bird 'collectors'.
Avin D,
May 1, 2008, 9:50 AM