> It appears that a 'lost parakeet' - the Sinu Parakeet (Pyrrhura subandina) may have been found in Colombian forests after years of conflict in the area. See Lost parakeet species?
> It also seems that a drug very familiar for bird keepers, used in the treatment of external parasites, may now help reduce mortality in human cases of Covid-19! Ivermectin - also used to treat scabies and head lice in humans - has shown some beneficial effects - Use of ivermectin in Covid treatment
> Jim Collins from the Sustainable User Network (SUN) has secured a very good opportunity to work with a dedicated officer within APHA who is reviewing the need for most animal A10 and CITES Import Permits to be referred to the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and, upon referral, seeking to rein in some of the excess and/or non-relevant questions raised by the JNCC to applicants. To make the most of this opportunity, accessing real examples where applications have been met by a barrage of non-relevant or excessive questions from the JNCC will be useful. There are probably several cases amongst our members where obtaining Article 10 certificates for African grey parrots has proved difficult, so examples sent to us would be appreciated (these can be anonymised should people have any concerns in this regard).
> More disturbing news from Tony Pittman (see below) about Patagonian Conures dying of starvation because of drought conditions in their native habitat. For further details, see Patagonian Conures starving
> Previous trustee of The PSUK Tony Pittman, sends disturbing news of the murder of two workers active in parrot conservation in Colombia. The first was Gonzalo Molina. Tony reports "It is quite shocking. He went missing on 8th January and a few days later his body was found. I remember that more than 20 years ago when the guerilla group FARC controlled the area they kidnapped visitors, usually ornithologists, and held them for ransom. Gonzalo did great work there with conserving the Yellow-eared Parrot. He was a local man and when he joined the Fundacion Pro Aves de Colombia more than 20 years ago there were estimated to be around 80 Yellow-eared Parrots in the wild. He and his team did a survey at the end of last year and estimated nearly 3,900. The Fundacion has produced an obituary in Spanish and English which you can see at - Gonzalo Molina report. Four years previously (January 2017) another leading conservationist - Gustavo Alberto Suarez - was murdered in Colombia. He was also a local man and apparently a co-founder of the Fundacion Pro Aves de Colombia. He had some involvement with the Yellow-eared Parrot project. I've also been sent a link to EcoWatch which has several articles about the situation - Colombia conservationist murder
> Recent reports in the press suggest that Defra is considering a cull of feral ring-necked parakeets when appearing in new areas. Existing populations would be left untouched. At present, this is only 'under discussion', but there is no doubt that these birds are spreading rapidly and successfully. The subject was recently discussed on Jeremy Vine's radio 2 lunchtime show (22/01/21), with the anticipated 50:50 polarisation of listeners for and against. Jeremy erroneously introduced the topic by describing ring-necked parakeets as being 'originally from Australia'. His researchers obviously did not consult an expert! See also - Wild bird licence to kill. For the RSPB viewpoint, see RSPB ring-necked-parakeets. For further information in general about these parakeets in the UK, go to Ring-necked ParakeetsDonate to our Conservation Projects via our shop.