The Jakarta Post
A species of Cenderawasih, Goldie, in Papua. (Shutterstock/Dicky Asmoro)
The Fauna and Flora International Indonesia Program (FFI-IP) has revealed that two species of Cenderawasih (bird of paradise) are endemic only Raja Ampat, West Papua.
They are the red Cenderawasih (Paradisaea rubra) and bald Cenderawasih (Respublica diphyllodes), according to Maurits Kafiar, FFI-IP coordinator of biodiversity and community development.
The population of these birds has yet to be confirmed.
The two species can only be found in Waigeo Island and Batanta Island of Raja Ampat, Maurits said as quoted by Antara (https://www.antaranews.com/berita/701711/ada-dua-cendrawasih-endemik-raja-ampat).
Raja Ampat is home to eight species of Cenderawasih, six of which also live in other parts of Papua.
The Cendrawasih population on Waigeo Island increases every year, from the recorded number of 24 birds spotted in 2015 to 47 in 2017.
The increase is largely due to a greater awareness among the public and a heightened commitment to preserving and conserving these rare birds.
“I hope that awareness [about the Cendrawasih] will continue to grow, so that these birds will never go extinct and become tourist attractions for the coming generations,” Maurits said. (ely/wng)