Lighten up for the bird brain and the singing finches
A GUYANESE man was nabbed at Kennedy Airport with something singing up his sleeve — nine live finches bound for their shot at stardom.
Marlon Hariram is the latest bird-brained smuggler trying to evade Guyana’s laws prohibiting the exportation of the little songbirds. Authorities said the finches were likely going to be used in singing contests held in public parks in Queens.
“Two finches sing, and a judge selects the bird determined to have the best voice,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Ryan Bessey explained in court papers released Monday.
“A finch who wins many competitions becomes quite valuable, and can sell in excess of $5,000,” he added.
Finches with a pedigree from Guyana supposedly sing better than their American counterparts and are “more highly sought after,” Bessey said.
1. Finches are difficult to emulate. I've got bluebird down, and even flicker. Can't do finch.
US law would restrict the transportation of any songbird by that method. You can't even legally rescue them or in any way interfere with their breeding (including trimming trees). It isn't widely enforced.