Bird-keeping is a hugely popular pastime in Indonesia. Unfortunately, demand for native songbirds is driving the expiration of wild population throughout the region. In response, a collaborative initiative—led by Oxford University and Burung Indonesia (BirdLife in Indonesia)—is developing a non-State, market-based solution. Through engagement with the songbird-keeping fraternity and the establishment of a certification system for captive-bred birds, it is hoped that Indonesian consumers can be guided away from keeping wild-caught birds. Bird-keeping is an immensely popular pastime throughout Indonesia—especially on the islands of Java and Bali. Research in the region’s six principal cities found that 35.7% of households kept a bird and that 57.6% had done so in the last 10 years. The data suggests that a projected 584,000 households within these cities keep almost two million songbirds, of which over half are wild-caught (Jepson and Ladle 2009).
Birds from other regions are affected too: this male Siberian Thrush is a migrant to Indonesia © Gabriel Jakarta, Indonesia, 11th August 2016 — A thriving trade in Indonesia’s native birds exists, well beyond the notorious bird markets of Jakarta, reports a new TRAFFIC study which turns the lens on eastern and central Java. Nearly 23,000 birds were recorded in five markets in Surabaya, Yogyakarta and Malang during a three-day survey, with clear indication that the vast majority were illegally taken from the wild. In the market for extinction: eastern and central Java (PDF, 13 MB) reports that 28 of the 241 species were fully protected under Indonesian law, which means all hunting and trade is prohibited. They included seven Black-winged Mynas Acridotheres melanopterus, a Critically Endangered species found only on Java and Bali, and a single Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush Garrulax rufifrons, an endangered species found only in Java.
Indonesia’s national bird—the Javan Hawk-eagle—is at serious risk of extinction because of trapping for the bird trade © Chris R Shepherd / TRAFFIC Jakarta, Indonesia, 25th May 2016—A new study has revealed that 13 bird species—including Indonesia’s national bird, the Javan Hawk-eagle—found in Sundaic Indonesia are at serious risk of extinction because of excessive over-harvesting. The study also finds that an additional 14 bird subspecies are in danger of extinction. The driver behind this crisis is the enormous demand for birds for the domestic pet trade.
Traffic, a UK-based group, said on Thursday (Aug 11) that its latest survey recorded nearly 23,000 birds in five markets in three cities in eastern and central Java. It said 28 of the 241 species identified were fully protected under Indonesian law. They include seven Black-winged Mynas, a critically endangered species found only in Java and Bali. Ms Serene Chng, a program director for the group, said the scale of the illegal trade is “staggering”. “Almost all of the birds were native to Indonesia, 15 per cent of them found nowhere else on Earth,” she said. “The outlook for some of Indonesia’s bird populations is very bleak.” The research was carried out in Surabaya, Yogyakarta and Malang. The capital Jakarta is already known as a hotspot for the illegal bird trade with three markets including one in the east of the city that is country’s biggest. Ms Elizabeth John, a spokeswoman for Traffic, said the number of birds was based on an actual count of visible birds in each shop at the markets conducted over three days. Under Indonesia’s conservation laws, trade in protected wildlife carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and fines of 100 million rupiah (S$10,000). Traffic said a similar survey in Jakarta in 2014 documented about 19,000 birds for sale over a three-day period. Indonesia is home to more than 130 threatened bird species. AP Source : https://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/indonesia-urged-take-stern-action-illegal-bird-trade
The four low walls of the concrete competition ring are surrounded by young men, yelling in Bahasa. It’s like a boxing match, but this competition is quite different — the competitors, 60 of them, hang high from the roof. And they’re not fighting; they’re singing. This is a songbird competition in Pontianak, the capital of Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province. Black-and-white oriental magpie-robins hang from the roof, singing for several minutes without stopping. They sit in beautifully carved, ornate birdcages that are ordinarily found on verandahs, street corners, backyards, and shopfronts.