Parrot being reintroduced to wild by fish and game department

The thick-billed parrot is being reintroduced to Arizona by the fish and game department. This parrot species was extirpated from Arizona in 1938.

The thick-billed parrot is a migratory bird that used to mate and raise its young in Arizona. State wildlife officials are working with their counterparts in northern Mexico to reintroduce the bird to the state’s wildlife.

“They like to occupy areas that are high elevation forests like the Chiricahuas. So, they kind of like the colder environment,” said Edwin Juarez, a bird biologist with Arizona Game and Fish.

“It benefits other birds that are migratory. That we have in Arizona in our forest that spends the winters or migrates to those sierras in Mexico. We’re really benefiting multiple species besides just the parrots.”

Hunters and anglers mainly fund the Fish and Game departments in every state. Hunters purchase tags and licenses, which generate money for the fish and game departments. A tax on hunting, fishing, and guns, also generates billions of dollars per year for these departments. This money is used to protect wildlife for future generations, including species that will never be hunted.