Madrid to cull nearly 12,000 invasive parakeets over threats to environment, public safety

Madrid’s metropolis council on Monday introduced plans to rid the Spanish capital of hundreds of invasive parakeets via “ethical culling” and sterilization of eggs.

Monk parakeets, native to Argentina, generally had been imported from South America as pets earlier than Spain outlawed the bright-green birds in 2011.

Now thought of an invasive species, a current research by the Spanish Society of Ornithology (web optimization Birdlife) confirmed the inhabitants has exploded over the final three years from 9,000 to nearly 12,000, the council mentioned. In 2005, there have been only one,700 of the birds in Madrid.

Monk parakeets largely have overrun the Spanish capital, posing several risks to the environment and public health.

Monk parakeets largely have overrun the Spanish capital, posing a number of dangers to the surroundings and public well being.
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It wasn’t made clear what particular means officers would use to goal the parakeets.

While the birds have made loud, disagreeable screeching noises all through the town, Santiago Soria Carreras, the top of the Biodiversity Service at Madrid City Hall, instructed El Pais they posed actual safety dangers to the public and surroundings

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The monk parakeet has competed with the town’s native species for meals and destroy vegetation to make their stick nests.

The nests, which might weigh up to 440 kilos, might be lethal in the event that they fall out of a tree and land on folks, Soria Carreras mentioned.

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The birds additionally may transmit illnesses to people, resembling psittacosis (parrot fever), avian flu and salmonella, The Guardian reported.

The plan is predicted to begin subsequent yr, with a price ranging between $6 and $9 for every parakeet – a sum that would add up to $110,000, El Pais reported.

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