Wild Birds For Sale at Chatuchak Market
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.
Bangkok’s notorious Chatuchak market
I found a stall selling the following
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
was also a shop further down selling about
six Blue-Crowned Parrots for 2300 a bird.
were a few shops in the market section
selling juvenile Alexandrine Parakeets.
Pretty sad to see this."
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.
similar sightings can be e-mailed to me
and I will pass them onto the Bird
Conservation Society of Thailand.
Upton, 14th December 2006.