On 20/21 December 2016 Croatian police seized a large number of strictly protected birds, 1122 of the genus Pipit (Anthus) and 4 birds of the genus kinglet (Regulus) found dead in car of two Serbian nationals. at the border checkpoint Pasjak (Croatia-Slovenia) During the investigation the police officers suspected that the smugglers had connections with a Croatian citizen and found another 1581 birds of the genus Pipit and 6 birds of the genus Kinglet at his premises.
In total 2713 dead birds were seized .
According to police, the value of the seized birds is estimated at least 2.2 million kuna (app 290.000,00 euros). According the Croatian Legislation (Ordinance on indemnity) the value of single specimen of illegally killed strictly protected bird is from 800,00-1600,00 kuna (100 to 213 euro).
Because of involvement in smuggling and trafficking of protected birds, the judge ordered custody for all of tree suspected offenders.
The police pointed out that the birds were for sale and intend to be used for consumption in foreign, probably Italian, black market
Source: MZOIP Croatia