Groups of men trap African Grey Parrots parrots by using a couple of cruel methods.Here are two of the most common.
-Setting a net flat on the ground with a favorable food on top as bait. The poachers wait until there is as much Grey’s on the net as possible and then close the net. Once it is closed, the birds are very tightly squeezed together making it hard to move around. When the parrots try to escape, they end up harming, or worse, killing each other with their beaks or talons. Some die hours later from wounds or stress.
– the poachers use it called the glue method. In the glue method, the poachers soak some tree branches in a tar-like looking glue or dip sticks into the glue that the parrots may land on. When their wings hit the glue, it dries almost instantly taking away their ability to fly, hence making it easier to capture.
After having caight the birds trapped they are being put into cages at the poachers camps. They let the parrots feed off of nothing but corn meal and water. It is this cruel poaching that leads to the illegal trade. Once trapped, the African Grey’s are then shipped illegally to other lands such as: Europe, US, and Middle East.
Wild African Grey Parrots destined to be used as breeding stock for the pet bird trade. Photo: World Parrot Trust.