Illegal Wild Bird Sales in the Solomon Islands

Between 2000 and 2010, over 54,000 wild birds were trafficked through the Solomon Islands and into the global wildlife trade, according to wildlife monitoring organization Traffic. Many of the birds, such as parrots and cockatoos, are not native to the islands and are believed to have been smuggled into the country.

93 percent of the birds during the time period were imported to Malaysia and Singapore.

Source:  AFP, “Wild birds ‘smuggled through Solomon Islands’,” Google News, July 17, 2012.