[“Actually the propagation of the Parrots is very costly and the production of the Suns for restocking in the wild can only br financied, if at the same time a certain percentage of propagated Parrots is sold on the market….......”]
I would tend to disagree with this supposition. Many of the facilities I have know keep their birds in very limited housing, feed basic cheap farm grain diets, put up indestructible or ramshackle nestboxes, and provide only bare bones care for chicks to see that they survive up to selling them. Once the initial outlay for cages and some breeder stock is made, the breeding business sometimes is run on a shoestring, certainly with prolific, small pet species such as cockatiels, lovebirds, conures. And many facilities have gotten free birds or very cheap unwanted birds to pair up and thus avoided top quality breeding stock and the money it costs to buy them.
In the U.S. a main reason breeders are failing is because they produced far too many parrots of inferior long term pet quality and the birds ended up unwanted and were begun to be given away free of charge by the thousands after two decades or more of this overproduction. Now the bottom has dropped out of the market and many persons who want a pet parrot can go and adopt one for a pittance charge of what the breeders were used to getting during the best days. Then the breeders found they had messed up because they only began to mass produce and sell the birds that were easy to market, ignoring the future for such species as brown-throated, gold-capped, and nanday conures, cobalt winged and tui parakeets, white fronted amazons, Edward’s lorikeets, normal grey cockatiels, pure normal Fischer’s lovebirds, plum-headed parakeets, Noble Macaws, kakariki s and others. Where are those birds now when someone wants to buy one—-or to obtain four pairs to start a species line???
No, export restrictions are not the reasons aviculture is on the wane in many areas. It is much more complicated and commercial oriented than that. And I shudder to think what the UK and after a while Australia are going to end up being as many of the breeders there sure seem to be going the same money-first route the U.S. took. Little cooperation and long-term planning amongst breeders who compete to produce as many thousand dollar chicks as they can as fast as they can.
As for sun conures, I know of adoption agencies that have cages full of them. Loud, friendly, pets, former breeders, old young, hens and cocks. There have been facilities that closed down and gave up 50 pairs of suns at a time—-no we do not need to pay commercial breeders for their mass produced birds. What we need are special, savvy, bonded and flock savvy birds of middle age with mental capacities, physiques, foraging skills and some tree flying experience. For free: donated, yes. This is not a money making proposition, it is a CONSERVATION issue. Start a website and just see how many suns are out there for the having!!! Then set them up in an on site aviary and do soft releases with certain qualified fledglings. Or as we used to do, put the breeding cage up in a tree and fly the parents every day, let them sleep in the cage in the box at night, and then when chicks are born, fledge them into the habitat from the suspended aviary with their parents teaching on the wing.