Detection of Live birds

On 20th September 2016, 27 Numbers of live birds were detected by the officers at Pettah gate, Colombo Harbour while being attempted to smuggle out to Maldives by a two Maldivian nationals. 11 Rose ringed Parakeets (Psittacula krameri), 6 Gouldian Finches (Fringillidae) and 10 Red Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) were concealed in a box. At the detection, it was found that 10 parakeets and 04 finches were died inside the box.

This is a violation of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read with Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. Forfeited live birds were handed over to the Department of National Zoological Gardens.

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