Bird criminal caught in Indonesia

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Critically endangered yellow-crested cockatoos discovered stuffed inside plastic bottles – TomoNews

8 May 2015

Indonesian police discovered more than 24 yellow-crested cockatoos stuffed inside empty water bottles at the port of Tanjung Perak customs. These critically endangered birds could be sold for a lot of money if the smugglers were not caught.

Indonesia has an amazing array of wildlife species. Sadly, its biodiverse archipelago is suffering a significant decline of mammals and birds mainly to illegal hunting.

Indonesia’s very own Wildlife Crimes Unit works hard to stop smugglers and educate locals about animal habitat.

These majestic cockatoos live in the lush islands of Sulawesi, however their habitat is also threatened due to illegal logging and pesticides. Almost 50% of the birds die during smuggling.

Yellow-crested cockatoos also seldom breed and are in greater danger as they only lay two eggs in one year.

From Wildlife Extra:

22 live birds found stuffed in water bottles at Indonesian port

An Indonesian man has been arrested on suspicion of wildlife smuggling by Indonesian police after almost two dozen rare live birds, mostly yellow-crested cockatoos, were found jammed inside plastic water bottles in his luggage.

He was stopped by police when he left a passenger ship in Surabaya.

The head of the criminal investigation unit at Tanjung Perak port, Aldy Sulaiman, said police found the birds stashed inside the man’s luggage.

“We found 21 yellow-crested cockatoos and one green parrot,” he said. “All the birds were found inside water bottles, which were packed in a crate.”

The birds have since been sent to Indonesia’s natural resources conservation office, which deals with wildlife-trafficking cases.

If he is found guilty of smuggling he could face up to five years in prison.

The critically-endangered Yellow-crested cockatoos are native to Indonesia and neighbouring East Timor and can sell for around £1,000 each.

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