Pesky Parrot Population Perplexes People

There are too many parrots in the city of Madrid, and local leaders are taking action to get rid of them.

There is talk of an "ethical slaughter" to reduce the bird population, even the sterilization of eggs.

The Argentine parrots are native to South America but were popular pets in Spain until they were outlawed in 2011.

The bird population is up 30-percent in just the last three years to an estimated 12,000 parrots.

The parrots are considered an invasive species and some argue that they could disrupt the local ecosystem.

There are bird complaints in the Spanish cities of Malaga and Seville too, where proposals to cull parrot populations have been blocked by animal activists.

CNN has more on the story here.

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