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Forest conversion, poaching at Manusela kill rare Seram cockatoo

  • M. Azis Tunny

    The Jakarta Post

Masohi   /   Fri, December 26 2008   /  11:20 am

The Seram cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis), an endemic bird species found mainly on the islands of Seram, Haruku, Saparua and Ambon, Maluku, is on the verge of extinction due to widespread poaching and forest clearing, a conservationist says. In the 1990s there were more than 1,000 Seram cockatoos in the wild on Seram island, but now this number has dwindled to 400, and the bird is increasingly endangered on the other three islands, Manusela National Park chief Supriyanto said. "Besides poaching, the bird is threatened because of a loss of habitat from forest clearing. It not only lives in national park areas but also in farmland which were once forested," he told The Jakarta Post recently at his office in Masohi, Central Maluku. Supriyatno said it was difficult to differentiate between private land and national parks in Seram because many forested areas were privately owned. "...