Permit flap grounds parrots

Posted: November 18th, 2013 | Category: In The News

This article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal, 17 November 2013 

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First, Chris Biro lost his pirate ship and more than 120 exotic parrots in a divorce. Then, he had to send away two of the birds he prized most: thick-billed parrots, members of an endangered species that disappeared from the U.S. Southwest more than 60 years ago.

The faux pirate ship and other parrots were part of an educational act that Biro, a professional bird trainer and parrot enthusiast who lives in Rodeo, N.M., performed for a living in state and county fairs until recently.

Chris Biro with two of his birds. He has performed educational shows with trained parrots for almost 25 years. (Courtesy of Chris Biro)

Chris Biro with two of his birds. He has performed educational shows with trained parrots for almost 25 years. (Courtesy of Chris Biro)

His thick-billed parrots were lost to a different legal battle when the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in September denied him an importation permit to possess and breed the birds in the state. Biro appealed, and State District Judge Raymond Ortiz of Santa Fe has granted a review of the decision.

Read the full article here.