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October 08, 2019 - CNN

Madrid plans 'ethical cull' of city's parakeets

Madrid plans 'ethical cull' of city's parakeets
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Madrid's city council is preparing a plan to clear the city of its pesky parrots -- which will include the "ethical slaughter" of the birds and and sterilization of eggs, authorities said Monday.

Argentine parrots -- myiopsitta monachus, also known as monk parakeets -- are native to South America, but many were kept as pets in Spain before ownership became illegal in 2011. Many of the parrots escaped, or were released from captivity, and are now prolific in Madrid, as well as number of other areas in Spain.

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