Less than a dollar each

Erbil’s Starling Trade: Authorities Intervene in Wildlife Market

ERBIL, January 4 — In Erbil’s animal market, common starlings, trapped and caged, have been selling for 1,000 dinars each. Locals around Erbil capture these birds using large nets, contributing to a growing wildlife trade in the city’s markets.

Authorities are stepping up efforts to combat this practice. Officials have initiated actions to closely monitor bird markets and have intervened to release starlings found confined in cages.