A Toco Toucan Ramphastos toco © Staffan Widstrand / WWF

Bird's Eye View50 years of bird trade regulation & conservation in Amazon countries

A Toco Toucan Ramphastos toco © Staffan Widstrand / WWF


Published 16 January 2019

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50 years of South American bird trade examined

Cambridge, UK, 16th January 2019—South Africa was the world’s leading exporter of South American parrots between 2000 and 2013 after Amazon countries “abandoned the possibility of legally and competitively producing and exporting their wildlife,” finds a new study into bird trade in Latin America.

Bird’s-eye view: Lessons from 50 years of bird trade regulation & conservation in Amazon countries

Report author(s):
Bernardo Ortiz-von Halle

Publication date:
January 2019


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A number of experts were interviewed for their insights into the bird trade during the compilation of the report. Ten of the 16 interviews in Brazil were carried out in collaboration with Freeland Brasil, as part of a documentary film project that, for operational reasons, was subsequently shelved. Freeland Brasil wish it to be made clear that they are in not associated with the contents of this written report, which was compiled only after Freeland’s engagement with the film project had ended.


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