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Old 03-22-2017, 02:08 PM   #1
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Default Parrots high on drugs are raiding farmers' poppy fields to get their opium fix

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Parrots wait for farmers in India to slit open poppy pods to help the plants ripen
The birds then swoop down and feast on the morphine-rich stalks of the plant
Some parrots sleep for hours after a hit while others fall to their death
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...e-farmers.html


Drug-addicted parrots are locked in a vicious feud with Indian
farmers as the birds plunder poppy fields for their next heroin fix.
The parrots perch in wait farm workers slit open flower pods to
help the crop ripen and swoop down to feed on the morphine-
rich stalks (stock image)


Birds drunk on fermented berries ain't got nothin' on this!
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Old 03-22-2017, 03:13 PM   #2
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...e-farmers.html


Drug-addicted parrots are locked in a vicious feud with Indian
farmers as the birds plunder poppy fields for their next heroin fix.
The parrots perch in wait farm workers slit open flower pods to
help the crop ripen and swoop down to feed on the morphine-
rich stalks (stock image)


Birds drunk on fermented berries ain't got nothin' on this!
"sigh* SO much wrong with this...
  1. Those are South/Central American macaws, not whatever species of parrot is native to India.
  2. Heroin is a chemical derivative of opium, not something you get by consuming the raw plant.
  3. Morphine, ditto.
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Old 03-22-2017, 03:18 PM   #3
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Yes, wrong birds.

Raw opium gum is not morphine or heroin, but can (and sometimes is) still be addictive which is what is happening to the parrots.
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Actually morphine is one of the naturally occurring alkaloids in poppy (~8-14% of the total weight of opium). Heroin is a synthetic derivative of it.
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I did some checking and the birds are the Indian Ring Neck. They are banned in many states. In Pennsylvania the are destroy on site, no pass through.
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Ok so now we know how to solve the world heroin problem .

We breed some category of birds to become drug addicts and then
we set them free to eat poppy crops .



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Wikipedia has an entry for both Indian Ring Neck parrot and Indian Ring Neck parakeet, both that have the same picture and neither of which looks like the bird in the original post.

The IRN parrot or parakeet, as may be, are very destructive birds but I couldn't find anything about them being illegal to own or destroyed on sight. In fact, there are a goodly number of Indian Ring Neck parakeets listed for sale.

Evidently they are quickly adjusted to living wild if released or escaped from owners. And destructive to crops!
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Google for "Indian ringneck banned" and you'll find info. I didn't see PA in the list, but NJ is.
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I was wrong on Pennsylvania it is New Jersey. They share many of the same "banned" species. The ring around the neck signifies maturity. I noticed very few mature birds in the video. There is not enough information or video to know, or even guess, if this is a behavior of "teenagers" or the species.
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These birds are indigenous here in the Indian Subcontinent.
They cannot be tamed!
I had one n a cage many years ago and it remained aggressive.
It patiently chugged away at a weak spot at the bottom of its cage and finally escaped ;0
They have established breeding colonies in many parts of the UK and probably in the rest of Europe as well.
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