70 specimens of wild birds, all Passerines, have been seized by the CITES police group, thanks to reports from the Lipu and Ornis Italica volunteers A part of the birds are recently released by Lipu in various locations in Lazio.
The operation, named “Ali azzurre 2”, was possible after a thorough investigation began in the summer of 2018 and led to seven searches in various locations in the provinces of Rome, Rieti and Latina.
Lipu volunteers participated in the operations as judicial police auxiliaries.
In addition to the birds, 600 marking rings were seized to be applied to wild birds taken from the wild (a practice prohibited by law) to make them appear to be of legal origin.
The seized animals were taken over by Lipu and released (see the attached video), partly in the province of Latina and, for the most typically mountain species, in the province of Rieti.
The jays, on the other hand, have been repositioned in other artificial nests in the province of Viterbo and have all been successfully adopted.
Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MVVYe5-3z0
- Date of seizure: August 3, 2019
- Numbers of seized birds: 70
- Country: Italy
- Species: Passerines (songbirds)