Recent Information on the Trade of Indonesian Parrots in the Philippines
Despite the Indonesian government moratorium on the capture and trade of threatened cockatoos and lories in 1999, these birds continue to be heavily traded.
In a brief investigation in 2001, we found that at least eight species of cockatoos and lories end up in the Philippines – reportedly smuggled through three major entry points in southern Mindanao. The birds are usually transported under inhumane conditions. From the forest to the pet shop, 50% of the captured birds are reported to die along the way.