Chukar partridge
Chukar partridges siezed from the Nedumbassery-native

Kakkanad: A Nedumbassery-native was taken into custody here for attempting to sell rare species of Chukar Partridges.

Sumi (40), a housewife, was nabbed by a team of officials from the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Wild Life Crime Control Bureau from her house.

Chukar Partridge, a Eurasian upland gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae, is Pakistan’s National Bird.  

Sumi was taken into custody by the officials who paused as potential buyers. The woman reared 15 birds in her house. A Chukar Partridge costs around Rs 25,000 in the market.

The woman used to buy the bird’s eggs and hatch them in an incubator. She also rears other ornamental birds in her house.

Sumi has told police that she bought the eggs from a Thiruvananthapuram-native.

The birds, which lives in cold regions, are normally found in Himalayan ranges. The SPCA team said that the eggs will be examined with the help of scientists at Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary and arrangements will be made to transport them to the Himalayan ranges.