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.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Turkey: Hundreds of rare African gray parrots seized

Parrots smuggled from Congo were seized at a customs warehouse in Istanbul

Turkey 09.01.2018     

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).

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