Songbird key opinion leaders will work together to advocate for adding the white-rumped Shama to the protected species list.

10 March 2021 White rumped shama (Photo: anuradhac CC BY-NC)) White rumped shama (Photo: anuradhac CC BY-NC))

Songbird key opinion leaders will work together to advocate for adding the white-rumped Shama to the protected species list. In 2018, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) significantly expanded the list of protected species in Indonesia; however, due to political pressure from special interest groups, several critically threatened songbird species were not added to the list. After working together on USAID BIJAK’s behavior change communications campaign to reduce demand for songbirds, the campaign’s key opinion leaders and Songbird Breeder and Conservation Association (PKBI) have announced that they will work together to advocate for KLHK to add the white-rumped Shama (Kittacincla malabarica), an endangered songbird species, to Indonesia’s protected species list. Collaboration among these key opinion leaders and organizations to advocate for policy change will help ensure the survival of the species and will contribute to the sustainability of songbird keeping in Indonesia.