02/27/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dead Parrot Smuggler Caught With Heads Of 353 African Gray Parrots

The constraints on the movement of live parrots has probably contributed to this even more threatening trade in heads and feathers, which are more easily stored and transported. The market for these products in not yet understood. Balla Ottou, a leader in Cameroon's wildlife management, thinks the heads are probably mainly exported to India and China and the tails to Nigeria.

Unfortunately this kind of trade is likely to flourish as the financial difficulties of the world bite deeper and the unemployed poor in Africa become more and more desperate.

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