Source: The post is based on the article “Tamil Nadu: Actor Robo Shankar fined Rs 2.5 lakh for keeping Alexandrine parakeets at home” published in Indian Express on 22nd February 2023
What is the News?
The Tamil Nadu Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has imposed a fine of Rs 2.5 lakh on the actor for keeping two Alexandrine parakeets at his residence in Chennai.
What are Alexandrine Parakeets?
The Alexandrine parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) is a medium-sized parrot in the genus Psittacula of the family Psittaculidae.
Named after: It is named after Alexander the Great, who transported numerous birds from Punjab to various European and Mediterranean countries and regions, where they were prized by the royalty, nobility and warlords.
Distribution: They are widespread in South and South-East Asia where they live in forests, woodlands, agricultural lands, and mangrove forests.
IUCN Status: Near Threatened
Wildlife Protection Act,1972: Schedule IV