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By Alex Johnson

A man was arrested and charged with stuffing 23 endangered birds in plastic bottles to get them through customs in Indonesia, police said.

The man, who wasn't identified, was discovered carrying the birds Monday when customs officials boarded the passenger ship Tidar as it arrived in the port city of Surabaya.

Twenty-two of the birds were yellow-crested cockatoos, which are listed "critically endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The other was a green parrot.

Authorities said the birds, valued at about $1,000 apiece, were entombed alive in the bottles to keep them from flapping their wings and drawing attention.