As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Man arrested in Colombo for smuggling US$50,000 of birds' nests

A Chinese man was arrested in Sri Lanka while trying to smuggle birds' nests worth US$50,000.

COLOMBO: A Chinese man was arrested in Colombo while trying to smuggle out swallows' nests with a street value of US$50,000 on Tuesday (Sep 16), hours before the country's president was due to arrive.

The man was carrying nearly 5kg of the rare birds' nests, a delicacy in China, customs spokesman Leslie Gamini told AFP.

The arrest came on the same day that Chinese President Xi Jinping was making his first official visit to the island, which enjoys close ties with Beijing.

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