The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo once tried to buy a songbird known as a white-rumped shama for Rp 600 million (US$41,347) after it beat his bird in a bird-singing contest in Bogor Palace in March.
The owner of the bird, Muhammad Nur Alamsyah, who hails from Brebes, Central Java, denied the offer and opted to keep it for other contests and for breeding. The bird, locally known as kucica hutan, is popular among bird lovers as a cage bird and songster thanks to its melodious chirps. Songbird contests, like the one held in Bogor Palace, could boost the birds’ selling price if they win.
If the event were held now, the President might want to think twice before making an offer for the bird as kucica hutan was recently included on the revised list of protected flora and fauna as stipulated in an Environment and Forestry Ministry regulation issued last month.