The birds include green winged macaws, eclectus parrots, sulphur crested cockatoos, sun conures
, African grey parrots, red billed hornbills, even a baby owl," said Samantha Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager of the dolphinarium.
Fertilized eggs were obtained from 4 pairs of sun conures
(Aratinga solstitialis) infected with avian bornavirus (ABV) genotype 2, as determined by the sequence of the P24 gene.
The stolen birds include a pair of yellow and orange sun conures
worth pounds 700, a pair of green hinhus macaws worth pounds 375, a pair of rare green-winged macaws worth pounds 1,800, a pair of blue crowned conures worth pounds 150 and a pair of African greys worth pounds 600.
The bird was part of a breeding pair housed in an indoor/ outdoor facility and in the same room as several other breeding pairs of parrots, including Quaker parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus), Amazon parrots (Amazona species), and sun conures
(Aratinga solstitialis solstitialis).