Parrots found stuffed in plastic bottles in Indonesia

Publishedduration13 minutes agoimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionThe black-capped lorie is native to New Guinea

Dozens of smuggled parrots stuffed in plastic bottles have been found on a ship docked in Indonesia's eastern region of Papua.

Police said the crew discovered 64 live parrots and 10 dead birds after hearing noises coming from inside a large box.

Indonesia is home to the highest number of threatened bird species in Asia and a rampant illegal trade in birds.

Birds are sold domestically in giant avian markets or smuggled abroad.

The destination of the parrots found on Thursday morning in the port town of Fakfak was unclear, and no arrests had been made so far, local police spokesman Dodik Junaidi told AFP news agency.

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"The ship's crew told us that they suspected there were animals inside the box as they heard strange noises," he said on Friday.

No arrests have been made so far.

The seized birds were identified as black-capped lories, a type of parrot native to New Guinea and nearby islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean.

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