Police Friday were investigating the mysterious deaths of 430 exotic birds, including toucans, macaws and parrots, whose brightly feathered carcasses were found decaying in the sun at a Palm Beach County home.
Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission officials arrived Thursday at the home of bird collector Bhagwan Lall after workers at a pet supply store noticed deliveries of bird seed were never picked up from the house.In addition to the birds, police discovered a suspicious mound of dirt located in the back yard and planned to dig it up.
Officials said the birds had apparently been left unattended in their cages for more than two weeks.
Veterinarians were called in to attempt to save 300 sickly birds discovered among the rotting bodies of the 430 dead ones.
Lall's home was left unlocked and there were no clothes in the closets, police said.
Most of the birds were native to Africa, some to the Amazon. The combined value of the birds is estimated at $500,000.