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An Acad Bras Cienc. 2013 Mar;85(1):201-13.

Wild birds as pets in Campina Grande, Paraíba State, Brazil: an ethnozoological approach.

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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência e Tecnologia Ambiental, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Campina Grande, PB, Brasil.

Abstract

Birds are one of the animals most widely used by humans and are highly valued as pets. The present work reports the use of wild birds as pets in the city of Campina Grande, Paraíba State (PB), Brazil. The owners' choice and perceptions of the species ecology was assessed as well. The methodology employed included unstructured and semi-structured interviews, guided tours and direct observations. A total of 26 bird species distributed among ten families and four orders were identified. The most frequently encountered order was Passeriformes (76.9%), with a predominance of the family Emberizidae (34.6%). The specimens kept as pets were principally obtained in public markets or between the breeders themselves. The popularity of birds as pets, compounded by the inefficiency of official controls over the commerce of wild animals has stimulated the illegal capture and breeding of wild birds in Campina Grande.

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