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A rescued macaw shows off his plumage. Originally identified to us as a Scarlet Macaw, this bird actually appears to be a Green Wing Macaw.

 

       The Avian Welfare Coalition tells us that captive birds are the third most popular animal kept as 'pets' in the U.S. As a result, the problems facing the millions of parrots and other exotic birds in the pet trade are numerous and pervasive.

       While prices for medium and large exotic birds range from $500 to $2000, veterinary expenses resulting from illness or problems caused by improper handling can cost consumers thousands of dollars more. Many consumers who purchase birds from pet stores are faced not only with these monetary costs, but also with the emotional distress of caring for a bird sold prematurely or an ill bird who may not live due to the conditions they were kept while in a pet store, or due to the lack of education and proper screening provided by the pet store.

Please note: our source for this photo identified the bird as a Scarlet Macaw. However, one of our alert visitors brought to our attention that it is actually a Green Wing Macaw. Either way, it is a beautiful bird! http://animal-world.com/ and http://www.petbirdpage.com/ are good resources for descriptions and identifying characteristics of the various types of Macaws.


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