17 December 2004

European collectors threaten birds' survival

Birdlife South Africa (BLSA) is investigating several cases that include the poisoning of birds and the removal of nests and eggs from a property.

According to BLSA, more than 500 birds were poisoned in separate cases in the Free State, and the removal of nests and eggs from a private property took place in Zimbabwe.

Several men, apparently from South Africa, have been accused of removing the nests and eggs of yellow-streaked bulbuls, white-tailed crested flycatchers, variable sunbirds and orange ground thrushes, during a walk on a property in Zimbabwe.

Gerhard Verdoorn, director of BLSA said the removal of nests and eggs is a criminal offence.

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