German bird criminal caught

This video says about itself:

Oct 11, 2012

The Birds-of-Paradise Project reveals the astounding beauty of 39 of the most exquisitely specialized animals on earth. After 8 years and 18 expeditions to New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands, Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever. This trailer gives a sense of their monumental undertaking and the spectacular footage that resulted. Filmed by Tim Laman, Ed Scholes, and Eric Liner.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

German bird smuggler caught

Added: Friday, 2 Aug 2013, 18:25

At Schiphol airport, the Royal Military Police have arrested a German who tried to smuggle protected exotic birds.

The 26-year-old man came from Bali [in Indonesia] and wanted to travel to Kiev. An employee of Schiphol heard noise coming out of a suitcase and warned the customs.

The customs service found in the suitcases of the man ten Pesquet’s parrots, eight small birds of paradise, and four brown lories. Five birds had not survived the journey. The value of the birds is estimated at 200,000 euro. They were taken to a bird sanctuary.

The German is, except of smuggling of protected exotic birds, also suspected of withholding care to animals and the possible spread of animal diseases.

8 thoughts on “German bird criminal caught

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    • Wikipedia writes on bird-of-paradise evolution:

      For many years the birds-of-paradise were treated as being closely related to the bowerbirds. Today while both are treated as being part of the Australasian lineage Corvida, the two are now only thought to be distantly related. The closest evolutionary relatives of the birds-of-paradise are the crow and jay family Corvidae, the monarch flycatchers Monarchidae and the Australian mudnesters Struthideidae.[2]

      A 2009 study examining the mitochondrial DNA of all species to examine the relationships within the family and to its nearest relatives estimated that the family emerged 24 million years ago, older than previous estimates. The study identified five clades within the family, and placed the split between the first clade, which contains the monogamous manucodes and Paradise-crow, and all the other birds-of-paradise, to be 10 million years ago. The second clade includes the parotias and the King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise. The third clade provisionally contains a number of genera, Seleucidis, the Drepanornis sicklebills, Semioptera, Ptiloris and Lophorina, but support values for some of these is inclusions is low. The fourth clade includes the Epimachus sicklebills, Paradigalla and the astrapias. The final clade includes the Cicinnurus and the Paradisaea birds-of-paradise.[3]

      However, maybe you found proof somewhere of birds-of paradise having been created 6,000 years ago.


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