thejakartapost.com, Jakarta | National | Mon, November 23 2015, 5:57 PM
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed ten Indonesian birds as endangered species on Sunday, adding that immediate conservation efforts are urgently needed.
The endangered species are Nias hill myna (Gracula robusta), black-winged starling (Acridotheres melanopterus), pied myna (Gracupica contra), Bali myna (Leucopsar rothschildi), Medan white-rumped shama (Copsychus malabaricus), straw-headed bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus), Javan green magpie (Cissa thalassina), Rufous-fronted laughing thrush (garrulax rufifrons), Sumatran Laughing thrush (Garrulax bicolor) and Anis (Crotophaga ani).
"There are only two to three Nias myna birds in the wild of Nias Island and there are only four to five of them in captivity. They are very rare," Tony Sumampau, director of privately owned zoo Taman Safari Indonesia said as quoted by tempo.co.
Tony said the decline in the bird population was caused by the widespread capturing of the birds that gradually hampered the species' ability to reproduce, and would, in the long run, lead them to extinction.