Parrots smuggled from Congo were seized at a customs warehouse in Istanbul
By Zehra Aydin Turapoglu, Burcu Arik
Customs officials in Istanbul seized more than 300 rare African gray parrots (Psittacus erithacus) smuggled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said an official on Tuesday.
The General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National (DKMP) teams were last week tipped off about a illegal trafficking of endemic African parrots and cooperated with Customs Enforcement and Anti-Smuggling and Intelligence Directorate units to find the birds.
The official from Turkish Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media, said the birds were found at a customs warehouse in a cargo package en route to Iraq.
Trade of endemic birds was in 2016 under Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).