The trade in, smuggling and taking of songbirds from the wild in Indonesia are out of control. Thousands of birds are smuggled in small boxes, and travel, at times, hundreds of kilometers to reach the bird markets.

In many cases, these birds do not survive because of the stressful conditions under which they are kept.

In early 2016, of the 2,400 birds seized by forestry authorities in East Java, only around 300 could be returned to their habitat to Kalimantan. The rest did not survive.

FLIGHT supports the authorities. When smuggled birds are confiscated, we quickly return them to their habitat in the wild after checking they are healthy.

We believe birds should live in the wild, rather than perish in cages.

Please don’t get involved in bird trade and smuggling, whether as a poacher, seller or buyer.