300,000 parrots are imported legally into the U.S. each year, and an estimated 80% of them are captured wild. Redcrowns are the most common of the legally imported parrots from Mexico. Sadly, 100,000 parrots are smuggled into the US from Mexico every year, with a mortality rate of around 80%. The smuggling has been much publicized, and the South Texas border has become one of the principal areas where these colorful birds are imported illegally. Mexican, Central American and South American parrots are rafted across the Rio Grande or packed into secret compartments and then driven across the border through various ports of entry.

Texas Parks and Wildlife, November 1992, March 1995

Birds of Texas, John L. Tveten

Brenda Moody, San Benito