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In Central Chile lives a sub-specie  of the Burrowing Parakeet, the Cyanoliseus patagonus bloxami. And while the Burrowing Parakeet is not considered endangered, the chilean sub-specy is. The population is estimated at just a few thousands. Pet trade is the main reason for this decline.

ARKive photo - Burrowing parakeets caged for selling

Nowadays, this sub-specy is receiving formal protection, and pet trade is severely punished. However, as a parrot can be sold at around 50.000 clp (~$100), there are still some people looking for them.

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Shot with Nikon D800E, 500mm + 1.7 teleconverter.

The Burrowing Parakeet on the IUCN website.

 

 

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