Sheikh Al-Thani denied!
He states there is any truth to the report that he has acquired any more of Antonio de Dios's Spix's macaws
Representatives of both parties have denied there is any truth to the report that Sheikh Al-Thani has acquired any more of Antonio de Dios's Spix's macaws. Time will tell! The Sheikh already has eight Spix's Macaws - two pairs from de Dios acquired in January 2000 and recently four from Roland Messer, the Swiss aviculturist who controversially bought 15 of Dr. Hämmerli's Spix's Macaws in 1999 - as well as nine Lear's Macaws acquired in eastern Europe. Although the Swiss authorities also controversially legalised the Spix's Macaws held in their territory, thus theoretically allowing their export, at present none of the EU countries will allow their import.