Bird-lovers throughout the world have become outraged at the trade in protected birds in parts of Indonesia.
GV PAN Birds in cages and perches, for sale at market in Djarkarta
SV ZOOM TO CU Falcon on perch.
SVs Colourful caged birds. (4 SHOTS)
GV PAN Crane-like bird varieties in market.
SV birds in large cane cages. (6 SHOTS)
GV Eagle perching on man's hand.
SV Parrot on perch.
GV Bird market.
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Background: Bird-lovers throughout the world have become outraged at the trade in protected birds in parts of Indonesia. Bird markets flourish in many towns. This one in the capital, Djakarta, is typical, displaying cages of exotic and colourful breeds of parrots. Many are protected from sale to private owners or for export although the restriction is not always successful. The preservation of these parrot breeds is of prime concern for those opposed to this trade in birds. They say the methods of catching the parrots could be changed, thereby limiting the damaging effects it may have on a breeding group. Often the birds are captured by felling the breeding tree. All of the chicks as well as the female are taken and experts say it may months before the male will find another partner. Suitable nesting trees for the larger parrots are scarce and environmentalists are worried about the destruction of the breeding areas and of the trees themselves. A prime factor in the success of the parrot trade is that so many people, particularly in the islands in eastern Indonesia, depend on the bird markets for their livelihood. Bird-lovers say increased hunting will soon make the breeds extinct and the islanders will lose this much-needed income, if the trade continues unchecked. many of the parrot species or sub-species are unique to the islands.