Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Breeding the Straw-headed Bulbul - a proposal

I quickly amended a proposal to be submitted to the authorities yesterday. Hope they will rule favourably for it during their meeting. For foreign readers of my blog, keeping birds in Malaysia is a tricky business. Most birds are protected by law, regardless of its status in IUCN or CITES. Even common birds and animals which are sometimes regarded as pests elsewhere in the world could still be fully protected in Malaysia. In the case of the Straw-headed Bulbul, such protection is welcomed as the numbers are declining drastically. Which also shows that strict laws, at times are not enough. Protection of its habitat is also important. If all else fails, then promoting captive bred stocks may be the way forward. There are negligible demands for this bird in Malaysia. When the government hinted on confiscating existing stock, I know of some panic selling by keepers. I am quite certain such stocks are no longer in Malaysian soil. It may of course be a good thing, as it appears that only our neighbouring countries are interested in breeding them. Maybe one day, we could import them back for our children to see and hear :(

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