Dealers of rare parrots arrested

Sellers and buyers of rare birds are facing charges after police learned of endangered birds being raised in Fengxian District.
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Two suspects have been arrested for allegedly selling a rare and endangered species of parrot in China, police said on Tuesday.

Police in Fengxian District started their investigation in May this year after receiving a report that a resident was raising a rare kind of parrot at home.

Police later confirmed that the grey parrot in question was a Psittacus erithacus from Africa.

The resident admitted that he purchased the parrot on the Internet. He has been put on bail.

With the assistance of the wildlife protection administration in Shanghai, police found the man who ran the online shop in Nanping City of Fujian Province.

The suspect, a man surnamed Xu, had a woman surnamed Yang, who was located in Pinghu City, Zhejiang Province, raising the African parrots for him, police said.

Xu allegedly opened the online shop in 2016 and sold the birds for about 5,000 yuan (US$730) each.

Both Xu and Yang are facing the criminal charge of illegally selling rare and endangered wild animals, while a certain number of their customers are also facing charges, according to police.

Fengxian police

Xu is caught in Nanping city, Fujian Province.

Fengxian police

Two parrots found in one of the buyers' homes.

Xu allegedly opened the online shop in 2016 and sold the birds for about 5,000 yuan (US$730) each.

Both Xu and Yang are facing the criminal charge of illegally selling rare and endangered wild animals, while a certain number of their customers are also facing charges, according to police.

Nine of the birds found have been handed over to a zoo, police said.

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