"Ambelopoulia" - Songbirds as a delicacy
There is no other country in the European Union where bird-trapping is as booming as in Cyprus. While bird conservationists and authorities have managed to control poaching elsewhere, it is difficult to control in the Greek-speaking part of the Mediterranean island. High profit margins and a low risk of prosecution make bird-trapping a highly lucrative source of income for many poachers.
Not just fine diners swear by "Ambelopoulia" - the traditional song bird meze dish in Cyprus. A significant part of the population love the tiny bites. Hundreds of thousands of Cypriots at least occasionally - e.g. on festivities and holidays - indulge in the dish, with three or four warblers as the highlight on the table after vegetables and seafood. And they are ready to spend more than 40 euros on the meagre meal! The trappers themselves receive around 4 euros per bird.