RATCHABURI ― Police and forestry officials on Thursday seized more than 60 protected wild birds in the possession of two men in Pak Tho district and arrested one of them in a sting operation.
The officials were acting on a tip-off that a house in tambon Yarng Hak owned by Manop Sinpee was a major centre for the illegal breeding and sale of protected birds, mostly the red-whiskered bulbul (pycnonotus jocosus).
An undercover policeman who posed as a buyer met Mr Manop at his home in the afternoon to buy a red-whiskered bulbul from him for 8,000 baht. He saw 14 red-whiskered bulbul, four blossom-headed parakeets and four weavers on the premises along with seven elongated tortoises and two Asian forest tortoises. Other items included bird traps and other equipment.
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