Jakarta (ANTARA) - At least 129 bird species exist in the wilderness of Jakarta's area, according to the Jakarta Birdwatcher Society (JBS).

The finding was based on the monitoring of green open spaces around the capital city, JBS coordinator Ady Kristanto noted here on Monday.

"We have recorded 129 bird species living in 19 open spaces in Jakarta. Six of the species are on the brink of extinction," he remarked.

The six rare species are the Javan Caocal or locally called bubut jawa (Centropus nigrorufus), black-winged starling or jalak putih (Sturnus melanopterus), Javan Plover or cerek jawa (Charadrius javanicus), Christmas frigatebird or cikalang christmas (Fregata andrewsi), Milky stork or bangau bluwok (Mycteria cinerea), and Oriental darter or pecuk ular asia (Anhinga melanogaster).

The monitored 19 green open spaces are Muara Angke Sanctuary, Ragunan Wildlife Park, Srengseng Urban Forest, Angke Kapuk Protected Forest, Menteng Park, Kebayoran Park, Angke Kapuk Eco-tourism Park, Cibubur Camping Ground, Kemayoran Urban Forest, the National Monument (Monas) Park, Ragunan Camping Ground, Tebet Park, Ancol Park, Kali Pesanggrahan Park, Manggala Wanabakti Park, Senayan Park, Ciliwung River Basin area, UI Urban Forest, and Babakan Dam area.

Javanese endemic birds, such as the Javan Caocal and Black-winged Starling, can be found exclusively at the Muara Angke Sanctuary.

Jakarta covers a total land area of 661.52 square kilometers (sq. km.) and a maritime area of 6,977.5 sq. km.

Translator: Zuhdiar Laeis, Fardah
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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