At the entrance to Hong Kong’s bird market in Mong Kok, pigeons sit precariously on an archway while sparrows dart around below. Both species are easy to recognise, but most people would have difficulty identifying the caged birds for sale in the market. Yet Astrid Andersson, a researcher at the University of Hong Kong’s school of biological science, can easily name the species – and some raise red flags.She says the time is ripe to press for tighter customs regulations now Covid-19 has put the…


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