Certainly, everyone knows this beautiful bird. Because of its beauty this bird is often called the bird of heaven or celestial bird. However, the population of this beautiful bird (identity of Papua) decreases. And, nowadays cenderawasih is endangered because of the human cruelty. Want to know the full story about this beautiful bird, cenderawasih? Read this article until finish.
The Habitat of Cenderawasih
Habitat means the place where these birds do their activities ranging from mating, feeding, playing, and nesting. These gorgeous birds are forest bird type that needs to live in the valleys of tropical forest. The tropical forest can be found in the mountains of Papua New Guinea and northeastern Australia. In Indonesia, cenderawasih is commonly found in Jayawijaya Mountains at an altitude of 2.700 to 4.000.
Illegal Logging and Wild Hunting Reduce the Population of Cenderawasih
One of the causes of decreasing cenderawasih population is illegal logging. The decreasing number of forest in Papua causes cenderawasih to lose their homes. The expansion of new districts, the construction of road, human settlements became the cause of cenderawasih lost their homes. Not a few nest of cenderawasih with eggs and newly hatched children were found destroyed.
Another cause is illegal hunting that continues to the present day. Cenderawasih bird hunt is actually already prohibited in the market based on the Ministry of Forestry decree, but the price of cenderawasih is so high that the hunters continue to hold illegal hunting. Its beauty has been the target of global commodities, from local hunters, the Dutch colonial government, to clothing businessmen in Europe, America, and Canada who use the bird feathers.
Except illegal logging and wild hunting, the Papuans themselves also took part in this case. Papuans usually use cenderawasih’s feathers as a crown making. This part of cenderawasih bird is commonly used for welcoming country guest or dancer ornaments. Although there has been a statement from the important person of Papua to not use the original cenderawasih crown, the reality is many people don’t understand the status of endangered cenderawasih.
The Population of Cenderawasih Bird
Reported from Kompas.com, The staff of the Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA) Papua, Herman Soh, while monitoring the bird of paradise in Enarotali, the capital of Paniai district, early May, revealed indications of declining cenderawasih populations in Papua. The result of latest research in March 2012 conducted by BKSDA Papua in one location cendrawasih habitat is known every one square kilometer only found 2-3 cenderawasih. In fact, in 2000-2005 cenderawasih is still found 10-15.
Another explanation from Papuan officials, Fredy who recently retired from the Papua Forestry Police Office, said that when the permit for forest product management is not as many as now, in every hectare of land there were still two to three cenderawasih. But, at the present cenderawasih may not be found in every 50-100 ha. It indicates that the threat of cenderawasih extinction is real.
It’s Time for Human to Care for the Condition of Cenderawasih
It is no longer a new thing hear about the news of animal’s extinction when people who live side by side with animals. Now, this heaven bird that became the identity of one area in our country became the next target. This is a reminder for all animal conservation in the world. Don’t wait until cenderawasih becomes extinct and carcass in the hundreds of heads of people who don’t understand the new makes us aware.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Team doesn’t remain silent after knowing this case. They mobilized staff for the Program in Papua to monitor one of the cenderawasih bird sites in Jayapura District. They even demanded local governments to curb illegal logging activities in the Nimbokrang forest area to preserve the Cenderawasih habitat. In addition, in Gianyar Bali has also been successful in breeding cenderawasih red head type, precisely located in the Bird Park and Rimba Reptile Bali.
By hearing this news, it makes you want to participate to help preserve the life of this beautiful bird, right? There is an easy way for you to participate in this wildlife conservation. WWF always raises funds to be allocated to the welfare of animals living in the world. With WWF fundraising, everyone can participate in saving animals on earth. No wonder, Avoskin who is also concerned about the fate of wildlife also help the program by donating 5% of revenue in every product Avoskin PHTE to WWF.