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Parrot Addicts

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Licensed poppy farmers in India produce opium for pharmaceutical purposes. Parrots in these growing areas have found these fields and poppies and have been eating the fruiting pods that contain the addictive opium sap. Farmers report that they see birds swoop in, steal a pod and then eat it. The parrots then lay in a stupor from the effects of the drug and then when it wears off they go back to the field for more. The birds have learned not to squawk when they fly in to the field to avoid farmers’ notice. They have become such an addicted group of pests that they are now threatening the crops. See and read about this parrot at: https://www.livescience.com/64908-parrots-poppy-farm-india.html