Press release by the IUCN SSC ASTSG
Press release: the extraordinary vanishing act of the Javan Pied Starling
In an emergency online meeting called to discuss the conservation of the Javan Pied Starling in early March this year, conservation biologists, all linked to the IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group, broadly agreed that a captive population needs to be assembled for conservation breeding and safe release into the wild. That population needs to be as large as institutional and financial capacity in Java will allow, to increase the chances of capturing the genetic diversity in the commercially held stock. A number of institutions in Java may be able to help with the establishment of a conservation breeding programme. There is a need to identify and secure future release sites that will benefit local communities and where the birds will be safe from trapping and the influence of pesticides on their food supply.