Tonight, there are more disturbing reports coming out of the Chiquibul once again - and it involves poaching of the prized scarlet Macaw.
This year in April during the bird's breeding period, Friends for Conservation and Development documented high activity by Guatemalan poachers in the nesting area and subsequent loss of macaws. On May 5th., a Guatemalan was intercepted with a a young scarlet macaw chick (less than 7 days old), a rifle and 43 .22 gauge rounds. Unfortunately the chick died and the Guatemalan escaped.
It is of note that on the 22nd May, 108 parrots were confiscated in Guatemala, between the municipalities of Dolores and Melchor de Mencos. These parrots were found abandoned in boxes along the roadside. FCD says anecdotal information points to Belize's forests as the main target for the extraction of these birds. These birds are now in a rehabilitation center in Peten.