A woman in Nanjing, the capital city of east China's Jiangsu Province, is reported to have been keeping a parrot belonging to a species under state protection.
The parrot, which has green fur on its back, is tied to a metal chain. A resident of Nanjing's Jianning Road claims to have seen the parrot standing on its owner's head and says it accompanies her wherever she goes. The parrot, which is not afraid of attention from the public, often greets passers-by by saying "Nihao", which means "hello" in Chinese.
The parrot, a member of the red-breasted parakeet species, is an animal under second-class state protection in China and listed in the Convention on International Trade in the Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), according to Wang Lin, a member of the Jiangsu Wild Birds Association.
"It is considered illegal to raise a red-breasted parakeet as it is a wild animal under state protection," says Wang Lin.
Wang used to lead a team to conduct field surveys in Yunnan province, where red-breasted parakeets are found. There, bird traffickers would often catch large numbers of young birds from theirs nests during the breeding season. Most of the young birds died during the journey because of the bumpy road conditions and lack of oxygen.
"Nature is the best place for the survival of birds. When there is no buying and selling, there is no killing," warns Wang.