by Nick Upton

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Wild Birds For Sale at Chatuchak Market (again)

Wild birds for sale at Chatuchak Market were reported on Ike Suriwong's Phuket Birders Blog on the 19th November and are reproduced here with his kind permission.

"In Bangkok’s notorious Chatuchak market I found a stall selling the following birds:

-3 Chestnut Capped Bee Eaters
-2 Hill Myna
-2 Asian Fairy Bluebirds
-1 Collared Scops Owl
-1 Green Magpie
-2 Lineated Barbets
-4 Bulbuls in such a sorry state I could not clearly identify them

There was also a shop further down selling about six Blue-Crowned Parrots for 2300 a bird.

There were a few shops in the market section selling juvenile Alexandrine Parakeets. Pretty sad to see this."

Notorious is a good word to describe this market as the illegal wildlife trade has always been in operation there. On 8 September 2002, I saw a Besra, two fledgling Blue-winged Pittas, and a Slow Loris being openly offered for sale, along with a number of other small birds, many of which were difficult to identify because of their poor condition. I haven't returned since then as it is too depressing.

Any similar sightings can be e-mailed to me and I will pass them onto the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand.

Nick Upton, 14th December 2006.


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