Raising Arizona (parrots)

Posted: March 6th, 2014 | Category: In The News
One of BRI's Thick-billed parrots in a captive breeding program

One of BRI’s Thick-billed parrots currently in a captive breeding program

COCHISE COUNTY – An area resident should find out next month whether or not he will be able to obtain a wildlife holding permit in  Arizona.

Chris Biro, of Rodeo, N.M., director of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, “Bird Recovery International (BRI),” is dedicated to saving the “last American Parrot.”

According to the National Audubon Society, the Thick-billed Parrot sometimes called the “Arizona Parrot” or the “American Parrot” by enthusiasts who wish to see the parrot restored to the United States, was native to Arizona until the early 20th century, he said.

Now only found in Mexico, the parrots are gone from Arizona, Biro said.

He is “fighting to recover” this vanishing bird by establishing a breeding program in the…

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