Border Patrol agents are reporting that they have seized ‘illegal’ parrots at the U.S.-Mexico border. The wild birds were found in a bird cage that was being carried by two individuals walking along the border. When agents (patrolling the U.S. side of the Rio Grande) approached the men they fled into a brush area. Upon investigation the agents found some kind of bird cage with the wild parrots inside.
The birds are considered illegal since its assumed they are from Mexico and entered the country without the proper customs papers necessary, also it is illegal to capture wild birds like these parrots. The Rio Grande authorities believes these birds are worth $500 each. It is unclear if the birds were snuck across the border to be sold as someones house pet.
The authorities are not reporting if the parrots are fluid in Spanish or English or are bilingual.