Evacuation From South America Due To The Coffee Crop Woes

yellow pet birds

Most people who are in the pet business consider yellow pet birds to be very expensive pets. They believe that these birds are a symbol of wealth and prosperity. This is why people are willing to pay a lot of money to get them. Yellow pet birds are considered rare and exotic by most people. These birds are also one of the most highly priced pets. In fact, a single specimen of this bird can cost up to a few thousand dollars.

The Siskin, otherwise known as Venezuela Viburna, is actually a yellow pet bird that originated from Venezuela. The Siskin is non-breed species. That means that breeding these birds is not something that you could do at home. A breeder would need to have a permit from the government to import and export these creatures. Because of this, it is rare to find a breeding pair of these skins.

An Overview

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The Siskin was originally an inhabitant on the islands of Bolivar and Espirito Santo situated in the South Caribbean Sea. The Venezuelan government made official in 1977 the conservation of this species. This is when the yellow-coloured skin was introduced into the Bolivar Islands. The population of these birds remained steady and numbers increased as the islands experienced tourism growth.

By the time the coffee crops were grown, however, the Venezuelan government had lost interest in these birds. The coffee crops brought in a great influx of investors from across the Atlantic. At this point, there were no more local birds in the wild. It was also common to see only a few red siskins roaming around the beaches of the Caribbean.

Learn About The Evacuation Of South America

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With this alarming situation, the warden of parks and natural reserves were no longer able to protect the v Venezuelans. This meant that the birds were being killed in large numbers. In response to the endangerment of the species, the government started a program called Petiverde. This program focused on preserving the lives of these birds and stopping the illegal trade of return. Petiverde includes a reward system for those who bring in their captive birds and stops poachers from bringing in live poaches and other dead animals.

Because of the decrease in the number of birds that were being killed, the population increased and numbers grew dramatically. The authorities began to capture poachers and set aside land where they could not take the vivarium birds or put up crops. The result has been a rebound and a growth in numbers along with an increase in prosperity for the Venezuelans.

As if the problems weren’t enough, the scientists say that the reduction in numbers and increase in prosperity has also affected their ability to produce eggs. Since they cannot live in large groups, they cannot build large nests. So they are having trouble producing chicks. They have also suffered a decline in their reproductive capacity because they cannot live in large quantities. While they still reproduce well enough to contribute to the overall health of Venezuela’s economy, they are suffering greatly in other areas.

Bottom Line

This crisis is only going to get worse as oil prices continue to stay high. Many birds who depend on the coffee crops to survive are going to suffer and this will only make things worse for Venezuelans. One solution that many people are looking into is putting all the birds back into the wild where they belong. If you’d like to help, you can go online and learn more about conservation efforts in Venezuela and how you can help save the vivarium species that are currently threatened with extinction. While the economic crisis might seem overwhelming, it could be a ray of hope for these little treasures.

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