Customs officers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport say they discovered 70 stay finches hidden inside hair rollers.
Authorities say a passenger arriving from Guyana on Saturday had the songbirds in a duffel bag.
The New York Occasions stories officers consider the birds have been delivered to the U.S. to participate in singing contests. Customs officials say individuals guess on what number of occasions the finches chirp, and a profitable male finch can promote for as much as $10,000.
The birds have been turned over to veterinarians to the U.S. Agriculture Department, and the passenger was sent again to Guyana.
U.S. Customs and Border Safety says chook smuggling might threaten agriculture via the attainable unfold of illnesses corresponding to chook flu.
Customs officers have seized about 184 finches this yr.