The Perak Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) have seized 17 birds placed under seven endangered species from a house in Felda Lawin Selatan near Gerik.
Its director, Fakhrul Hatta Musa said a warrant of arrest had been issued against the suspect who was not at home when the raid was conducted at about 11am on Saturday.
He said the birds, categorised under totally protected and protected animals, and wire mesh cages worth about RM50,000 were found in the house.
"The four totally protected species were one burung punai madu (a type of dove), two burung sayap biru (blue-winged leafbirds), one burung daun besar (greater green leafbird), and two merbah luris leher (stripe-throated bulbuls).
"The 10 protected species were burung murai batu (white-rumped shama), two ayam hutan (jungle fowls), and one burung punai gading (pink necked green pigeon)," he told reporters here today.
Fakhrul Hatta said the species were believed to be meant for overseas market and the suspect was believed to have caught the birds in Royal Belum and Temenggor in Gerik since one year ago.
The birds will eventually be released into the forests, he said.
Under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010, those convicted of taking or keeping any part of a protected wildlife without a special permit can be fined up to RM50,000 for each species while that of totally protected animals can be fined up to RM100,000 for each species.