There are 354 species of parrot (Psittacidae) in the world, of which 129 (36%) are listed as Threatened or Near Threatened by the IUCN. Of these, 71 (55%) are threatened to some extent by trade. Proponents of the wild-bird trade often put forward the argument that bans force the trade underground where it cannot be regulated. An alternative hypothesis is that, because much of the illegal trade in


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