Auckland Council has partially backed down on a proposed ban on several types of exotic parrot that ruffled the feathers of professional bird breeders, Stuff reports. The council’s move represents something of a Pyrrhic victory for the Parrot Society of New Zealand, now faced with a daunting legal bill after enlisting the help of a top law firm. The saga began with the release of the Auckland Regional Pest Management Plan 2019-2029, which proposed banning the trade of a range of parrots by 2022, including the sulphur crested cockatoo, eastern rosella, galah, and monk and rainbow parakeets, and classifying them as pests.