Here are some REAL FACTS about why ALL of these offers to sell parrots and parrots eggs from Africa that are currently flooding the free classified birds ads sites are all TOTALLY BOGUS.
1. It would be COMPLETELY ILLEGAL to ship any bird, bird egg, or PART of any bird (including feathers) from any country (including Cameroon and all countries of Africa) without CITES Permits from both the exporting and importing countries. THIS IS INTERNATIONAL LAW! IF (and that's a REALLY BIG IF), an exporter in Africa could get a CITES Export Permit for a SOUTH AMERICAN SPECIES (such as the Hyacinth Macaws the scammers are so fond of offering), it would take MANY MONTHS TO OBTAIN. The scammers all offer immediate shipping on eggs and birds! The Hyacinth Macaw is an Appendix I species (the most highly protected) and it is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to get legal CITES permits on Appendix I parrots.
2. IF (BIG if), CITES permits could be obtained on CITES I or II parrots out of Africa, the United States would not allow the entry, as all birds listed on these appendices are prohibited from importation into the United States (for most practical purposes- there are some highly regulated exceptions). This is because a law was passed in the U.S. in 1992 called the Wild Bird Conservation Act. Therefore ANY offer to sell birds to U.S. citizens to be shipped from other countries should be carefully scrutinized for legality.
3. The low prices are RIDICULOUS and designed to scam a number of people for relatively small amounts of money. A healthy pair of adult Hyacinth Macaw would sell for AT LEAST $18,000.00 in the United States. BELIEVE ME, there are not a lot of Hyacinth Macaws in the entire continent of Africa and this species is VERY VALUABLE there. I have been offered dozens of pairs of Hyacinth Macaws from Cameroon at $1600.00 to $2500.00 per pair. What a joke!
4. It would be NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE to have
fertile parrot eggs transported safely in a portable incubator
by air freight from Africa to North America! Bird eggs are fragile
and fertile eggs can easily die with vibration or a drop or increase
in temperature. EVEN IF IT WERE LEGAL, THIS WOULD BE NEARLY IF
NOT COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE TO DO! ALSO, it would take much more
than the 10-24 hours quoted by the scammers and EVEN IF the "eggs"
did arrive within this time frame, and EVEN IF they had CITES
permits, they would STILL HAVE TO GO INTO USDA QUARANTINE! I do
not know of any USDA quarantine that accepts live eggs. THESE SCAMMERS DON'T HAVE EGGS OR INCUBATORS.
IT'S ALL A LIE!
PLEASE don't believe the lies of these scammers! KNOW THE FACTS!
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