Trapping & Illegal Trade

Trapping & Illegal Trade

Trapping and smuggling in Indonesia is commonplace. It is almost impossible to quantify how many birds are being taken each year but a current estimate is around 12,000 parrots and cockatoos. The survival rate of birds that are poached from the forest is about 30%.

There are about 85 parrot species in Indonesia:

  • 14 of them are classified as threatened
  • 5 of them are classified as critically endangered: Goffin’s Cockatoo (Cacatua goffini), the salmon-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis), yellow-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea), palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) and the red-and-blue Lory (Eos histrio).

Indonesian cockatoos and parrots trapped for the Illegal Wildlife Trade each year

Seram cockatoo in poacher’s snare.

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© 2002-2016. All photos courtesy of Mandy Andrea, Kevin Sharp, Bonnie Zimmermann, Stewart Metz, Dudi Nandika and Dwi Agustina. Please contact Bonnie Zimmermann for permission to use any of the photographs.

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