Parrot Protection Program in North Maluku

It is estimated that at least 85 species of parrot occur in eastern Indonesia, mainly found in the Wallacea region covering islands such as Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, and North Maluku.

PROFAUNA Indonesia has been working on parrot protection issue, partulicularly in North Maluku, since 2000. Here is the brief history of our program:

In 2002, PROFAUNA Indonesia launched a report titled Flying without Wings, containing facts of parrot trade in North Maluku. At the time being, around 15,000 parrots were captured from thir natural habitat and traded, with Ternate as the biggest market.

July 2004, PROFAUNA published Flying without Wings part 2, a report revealing the ugly truth behind the trade of the Salmon-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis)

By 2007, parrot trade in North Maluku plummeted up to 90%. Ternate, formerly known as the center of parrot trade in North Maluku, had lost its major parrot dealers/collectors. Among the big ones were UD Kinari Muda and CV Baktimer, both went out of business.

This good outcome owed to PROFAUNA's intensive campaign against parrot trade during 2002-2006


June 2008, PROFAUNA Indonesia again published a report on parrot trade, Pirated Parrot. This report mentions that every year around 10,000 parrots were capture from North Halmaher, North Maluku, to be trade locally as well as smuggled to the Philippines. Among the most captured parrots were the White Cockatoo (Cacatua alba), Chattering Lory (Lorius garrulus), Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus), and Violet-necked Lory (Eos squamata). The Eclectus Parrot is protected by law in Indonesia, yet the status failed to provide guarantee for its survival.

In April 2017, PROFAUNA Indonesia published Flying without Wings part 3, which uncoversbthe facts of illegal trade of the White Cockatoo, Chattering Lory, and Eclectus Parrot in South Halmahera, North Maluku.

PROFAUNA's Current Parrot Campaign

Currently PROFAUNA is still continuing the parrot protection campaign in North Maluku. With aid from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), our work includes

Law Enforcemen

PROFAUNA works closely with the Nature Conservation Agency (Ministry of Environment and Forestry) and other law enforcement bodies to combat parrot trade in North Maluku. Among our programs are investigation, training, patrol, and advocacy.

Parrot Trade Monitoring

PROFAUNA regularly conduct trade monitoring and deliver the results to concerning authorities.

Education for Local People

To raise public awareness towards the importance of parrot conservation, PROFAUNAholds education program directed at local people who live in villages around parrot habitats. We play 'Burung Kita' , a documentary containing messages from public figures (religious leaders, indigenous leaders, and the government) calling everyone to help protecting parrots.

Education Program at Schools

PROFAUNA actively visit schools and universities to promote parrot protectio issue.

Public Campaign

PROFAUNA staged attractive public campaigns to engage people to take part in parrot conservation effort. The public campaign comes in various forms like demonstrations, media social campaign, banner installment in public spaces, and the initiation of the Indonesian Parrot Day.

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