Those of you who know us, know that we are passionate about parrots. So much that Mehd is working for World Parrot Trust as their Indonesia Program Manager.
We also work closely with Tasikoki Wildlife and Rescue Centre in north Sulawesi, both as a part of World Parrot Trust’s Indoensia Programme and as private persons.
Our plan was to meet up in Tasikoki after Mehd finished his latest tour, to do another follow up on the Red and Blue Lories that were rescued in November 2014 from a Phillipino smuggler.
Plans changed as we recieved an SMS from Simon at Tasikoki just days before Mehd Was leaving for Biak. A new batch of smuggled birds (this time from Papua) was on their doorstep – including 4 parrot chicks that still needed to be fed and loads of other birds.
Lena decided to fly up to Manado from Bali to give them some support and help out with the young ones for a few days.
This time the shipment came from Merauke in south Papua. It was 55 Black-capped Lories, 4 Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, one juvinile Eclectus male and three Cassowary chicks. The smugglers were the Indonesian military!
Birding Indoensia sent some emergency funds the same day we got the news. We also helped documenting all the Black-capped Lories while we were medicating and examining them. Most of the bird seemed at least half tame and have probably been kept as pet birds before the journey from Papua.
It seems like there are several different sub species – not only from the Merauke region.