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A captive Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus, popular in Asian markets © TRAFFIC

Asian Songbirds putting an end to illegal trapping and unsustainable pet trade

A captive Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus, popular in Asian markets © TRAFFIC

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hunted for their song

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.

over 70,000

birds have been recently observed in trade across SE Asian bird markets

14,000

birds were found for sale in shops in Singapore over a four day survey

90%

of bird species found for sale in Viet Nam were not subject to any trade controls

Java Sparrow

are almost extinct in the wild due to over-trapping and illegal trade

Bali Myna

all existing wild individuals are a result of reintroduction following decimating capture for trade

Serene Chng, Programme Officer – Pets and Fashion

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 fast

Serene Chng, Programme Officer – Pets and Fashion

what we're doing to save Asian songbirds

consumer awareness resources

consumer awareness resources

Factsheet for potential consumers of Asian Songbirds

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consumer awareness resources

Asian Songbirds species awareness poster for consumers

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reports related to ASIAN SONGBIRDS

Explore the latest publications, reports and papers from TRAFFIC related to Asian Songbird conservation.

Visit our resource library for the full TRAFFIC publication archive.

Trade monitoring
Trade monitoring

Wildlife trade monitoring is at the heart of TRAFFIC's work, supporting our projects across the world with the latest research whilst simultaneously guiding the policy recommendations we make to governments, organisations and international conventions.

Wildlife trade monitoring

Behavioural change
Behavioural change

Changing attitudes, knowledge and consumer behaviour is a crucial element in the fight to save endangered wildlife. We're currently implementing Social and Behavioural Change Communications initiatives in Asian countries/territories to address consumer consumption.

Behavioural change