An Australian traveller raised eyebrows and the suspicions of customs officers after he was found with two live pigeons and an aubergine down his pants.
Customs officials said the 23-year-old man was caught at Melbourne Airport following a trip to the Middle East.
Officials searched the man after they discovered two eggs hidden in a vitamin container in his luggage.
Customs Service national investigations manager Richard Janeczko said the pigeons were found wrapped in padded envelopes and held to each of the man's legs with a pair of tights.
Officials also seized seeds in his money belt and an undeclared aubergine, but are at a loss to explain why the goods were smuggled into the country.
Mr Janeczko said the pigeons were not endangered and that the case had been turned over to the Quarantine Service to assess the health risk associated with bringing the birds into the country.
Australia has one of the strictest quarantine regulations in the world in a bid to protect the isolated island's native flora and fauna.
Offenders face a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of $110,000 Australian dollars (£48,600) for the illegal importation of wildlife, plants and food.
The alleged bird smuggler, who arrived in Melbourne on Sunday was being questioned and The Quarantine Service would not comment on the continuing investigation.