Conservation of Christmas Island frigatebird in West Java, Indonesia

Iwan Febrianto

The Critically Endangered Christmas Island frigatebird breeds only on Christmas Island. However, 10-20% of the world population is regularly present in the Sunda Straits and Jakarta Bay, Indonesia. Both sites have no legal protection, the numbers of birds using these areas in unknown, and assessments of the threats faced by the birds is missed. Consequently, no conservation work has been undertaken. This project aims to address these issues. Protection of non-breeding birds in Indonesia has been identified as a priority by both BirdLife (Threatened Birds of Asia, 2001) and the Australian Government (National Recovery Plan for Christmas Island Frigatebird; Hill & Dunn 2004).