Conserving the Nature of America
Service Seeks Comments on a Proposal to Remove Two Australian Parakeets from the Endangered Species List

January 21, 2016


Vanessa Kauffman

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening the public comment period on a proposed rule to remove the scarlet-chested parakeet and the turquoise parakeet from the list of endangered species. The agency is taking this action to offer interested parties an opportunity to comment on whether removing these species is still warranted and to ensure our determination is based on the best information available.

On September 2, 2003, the Service published a proposal to remove these two Australian bird species from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Based on the agency’s review, wild populations of these birds are stable or increasing, with more than 20,000 breeding-age turquoise parakeets and 10,000 breeding-age scarlet-chested parakeets found throughout their ranges.

Furthermore, trade in wild-caught specimens is strictly limited, and the two parakeets are being protected through domestic regulation within Australia, as well as through additional national and international laws.

Following an analysis of the comments and any new information that may become available during the comment period, the Service will move forward as appropriate with a final decision.

The notice published today, January 21, 2016, in the Federal Register. Written comments and information concerning this proposal can be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. [FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0176]; or
  • U. S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0176]; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

Comments must be received within 30 days, on or before February 22, 2016. The Service will post all comments on This generally means the agency will post any personal information provided through the process. The Service is not able to accept email or faxes. For details on the kinds of information the Service is seeking, please visit and search on the above docket number.

The ESA provides numerous benefits to foreign species, primarily by prohibiting certain activities including import, export, commercial activity, interstate commerce and foreign commerce. By regulating these activities, the United States ensures that people under the jurisdiction of the United States do not contribute to the further decline of listed species. For more information on the two parakeets and a copy of the notice, visit:

To learn more about the Endangered Species program’s Branch of Foreign Species, visit:

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