LARGE PARROTS - Ringing decomissioned macaws URGENT

To: "Birding Australia" <>
Subject: LARGE PARROTS - Ringing decomissioned macaws URGENT
From: "Peter Them" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 01:18:35 +0100
Dear Aus-birders, 

I know, of course, Macaws do not live in Australia, but as 
Australia is the homeland for many large Parrot Species, 
I do hope by this way to get into touch with people in 
Australia, who know anything about ringing the large parrots.

The background is the following urgent message.

Best regards and thanks,  Peter H. Them


-----Original Message-----
From: ec6 <>
To:  <>
Date: 13. november 1998 18:11
Subject: Ringing decomissioned macaws URGENT

This is an urgent message from Armonia Association in 

19 Red Fronted Macaws (Ara rubrogenys) have just been 
seized off traffickers in central Bolivia, thanks to the 
vigilance of one of our members. This species is endemic 
and higly threatened. The impact of the cage bird trade is 
unknown but is very seriously and actively decimating the 
remaining wild population of this species.

The same problem exists for other Threatened Bolivian 
parrots and macaws, especially the Blue-throated macaw (Ara 

Bolivia still lacks law enforcement techniques and capacity 
to curb this on-going drain on native wildlife. 

Asociacion Armonia is not an activist group, but because we 
are a bird conservation NGO and are coordinating a 
conservation programme for Ara glaucogularis among other 
projects, we are very concerned by the current apathy and 
incapacity of the Bolivian government on matters such as 

Armonia has now resolved to engage upon short and medium 
term campaigns to the best of our ability and capacity to 
face the trafficking problem, and force the government to 
act. Our first step, agreed with the governmental 
authorities, is to establish a register of captive and 
decomissioned macaws. 

We are therefore in urgent need of LEG RINGS for macaws, 
and if possible the advice/participation of experienced 
bird ringers to help Armonia and the Bolivian government 
identify captive and recuperated birds. We are in search of 
funds specifically to cover the costs involved.

On a longer term scale, we are in need of contact with 
policies and implementation techniques with the Bolivian 
government: they have no idea what to do and we do 
not have the means by ourselves.

This is an emergency situation; Bolivia lacks facilities 
such as proper recuperation or breeding centres, hence the 
extreme importance of identifying captive and decomissioned 
birds before they are filtered through to the trafficking 
market. This is only a first step: it is our best idea for 
the time being.

Please contact either myself (email as above) or Armonia 
directly  in Spanish if possible) if 
you think you can help us or know someone else who can.

Thank you.

Alan J Hesse
Armonia President

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