Asian songbirds have reached crisis point. Demand for a wide array of songbirds throughout Southeast Asia has resulted in a frenzy of illegal trapping and unsustainable trade to supply demand for them as caged birds.
The incessant trapping of songbirds is causing forests which were once filled with song to slowly grow silent. This has driven some species like the Straw-headed Bulbul to local extinction. In countries including Indonesia, Viet Nam and Singapore they are bought and entered into singing contests. Some species of songbirds such as the White-rumped Shama fetch a higher price if sourced from the wild. We are working with conservationists, local governments and campaigners to halt the unmitigated plunder of these precious creatures.
birds were found for sale in shops in Singapore over a four day survey
of bird species found for sale in Viet Nam were not subject to any trade controls
are almost extinct in the wild due to over-trapping and illegal trade
all existing wild individuals are a result of reintroduction following decimating capture for trade
Illegal trapping of birds is bringing silence to many of Asia's rainforests. It’s still not too late to save the last song, but we have to act fastSerene Chng, Programme Officer – Pets and Fashion
explore our latest insights into the trade in Asian Songbirds across primary destination and source countries
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