Dominica still under fire over decision to relocate birds

The birds were kept at the Parrot Aviary in the Botanic Gardens

Dominica continues to take heat for its decision to relocate twelve of its parrots overseas, following last year’s hurricane events.

Conservation biologist and director of research at the Windsor Research Centre, Dr Susan Koenig, said it was not clear to her whether a captive-breeding programme had been necessary for their survival.

“But if the situation is so dire that this is required, then it should be done in situ, on-island, no exceptions. At an absolute minimum, a proper captive-breeding programme would need to be undertaken so as to ensure correct isolation of both birds and staff to prevent the introduction of disease-causing pathogens or parasites into the wild population,” she told The Gleaner.

“The best advice I’ve ever received from an expert parrot veterinarian is ‘never mix species from different continents if you want to maintain healthy birds’,” she added.


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  1. North Pole Dominican
    April 19, 2018

    To Pioneer’ a request you made {return our birds]. Did the birds really was sent out of the Island? If so SHAME AND LOW MORALS to the people involve.

  2. North Pole Dominican
    April 19, 2018

    I had two tamed parrots way back before hurricane David. They was on my pine tree for years . One called people by their name. They flew away because their wings was not clip. After hurricane David one of my friend found a parrot clinging for life that was the time when the (Gov} declared parrots as the national bird. He was being checked so often because any person who had a parrot should declare it The bird flew away because the wings grew. Every house in D/A should be be allowed to have a tamed parrot. Lots of seeds and fruits in the Island parrots eat. I was home,{D/A in Nov after Maria’s disaster landed on trees almost at hand reach . Is there a reason why OUR BIRDS should be relocated? Lots of fatfolk and parrot eating seeds are back

  3. One of a kind
    April 13, 2018

    You all still on this parrot story lol….hahahaha

  4. Josh Shaw
    April 13, 2018

    Mean while port workers can’t get salary increase and more monster ministers available to bury the country!

  5. Dalit
    April 12, 2018

    DNO is biased.

    Sheridan and Tim have the same agenda. Regime change.

  6. me again
    April 12, 2018

    keep the pressure up internationally for us please. The local people are too distracted at the moment

  7. Nuffsaid
    April 12, 2018

    Dominica “under fire”? Really? Seems like is only on dno and right on Q alone we under fire. What isyour agenda here really DNO???

    ADMIN: To bring news and factual information to all our readers without bias to any one political perspective.

  8. Pioneer
    April 12, 2018

    Boy, the sad thing is that if you talk on behalf of the parrots as a proud Dominican, is either you never cared about the birds before or because of political affiliations. I mean that is our National bird, if you are not outraged then it’s because you are lacking National pride, period!
    Right now it seems that foreigners are more outraged about that whole clandestine affair than native born Dominicans. All this foreign agencies understand what really happened there, but our heads are buried in the sand. Are we that far gone? I mean shame on us man.
    Return our parrots…

  9. Ibo France
    April 12, 2018

    Where there’s no vision, everything falls apart around you. Even the birds have become victims of this cabal’s ‘visual impairment’.

  10. Massacre
    April 12, 2018

    Some people are going to international jail for this.

  11. John
    April 12, 2018

    Money may have ben passed under the table, bribes, to certain people for the removal of the parrots. An investigation should be conducted and diplomatic protests launched to the German ambassador and embassy to find out what really happened and if certain persons were bribed. This needs to be turned into an international incident with full investigation. There was no reason to take the parrots to Germany away from their natural habitat where they were born, these species of parrot have been surviving on Dominica for hundreds of years without human interference so why now the “emergency” .

  12. jihan
    April 12, 2018

    Skerrit is sellin Dominica bit by bit,next he will be selling the iguanas and manicous.

  13. Da passports
    April 12, 2018

    Somebody should do a survey/Census on how many laborites that leave the country vesus everybody else, I’m sure the numbers would shock us all, I know enough laborats that was voting since 2008 that not here no more :lol: Enjoy Amerikkka and Kanada, hope them white man deal with allu parasites

  14. Shaka Zulu
    April 12, 2018

    This is the very point i made a month ago. The potential to cause more damage by introducing new pathogens. We have a set of dummies running that place they get education but cannot use in real world. We are our own worst enemy.

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