Yellow-crested cockatoos, an endangered species endemic to Indonesia, are “very heavily impacted” by smuggling operations. A total of 24 cockatoos were found stuffed in plastic water bottles at an Indonesian port.
Euan McKirdy writes at CNN:
Richard Thomas, Global Communications Co-ordinator at Traffic International, which monitors illegal wildlife trade, told CNN that the reported trafficking of them in plastic bottles “shows the lengths that some people will go to try to smuggle birds.”
The bird is one that is “very heavily impacted” by illegal trade, he said. While the species is endemic to Indonesia, it’s disappeared from much of its range and now the only substantial population is found on the island of Komodo, with smaller populations on some other islands.
Traffic’s Southeast Asia Facebook page says that the water-bottle method is “commonly used to smuggle these protected birds.”
Read the entire report here.