Songbirds are being snatched from Miami’s forests

Law enforcement has discovered a thriving underground business of trapping songbirds around Miami—to become pets and to sing in competitions.

Thousands of migratory songbirds are caught around Florida each year to supply a thriving illegal market. People buy them for their beauty and to hear their songs—and perhaps in the hope they’ll win big in singing competitions.
Photograph by Karine Aigner, National Geographic

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