Save the Rare Sumatran Ground-Cuckoo

Target: Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry

Goal: Save the critically endangered Sumatran Ground-cuckoo, endemic to Indonesia and threatened by deforestation, from extinction.

The Sumatran ground-cuckoo, Carpococcyx viridis, is an exceedingly rare type of forest-dwelling cuckoo found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. So rare, in fact, that the bird’s call was only recently recorded for the first time. Understandably so, as today, due mainly to deforestation, there are mere 70 to 400 individuals left in the wild, all probably located in their native Barisan Mountain range on the southern half of the island.

The bird is labeled “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a designation which represents the most severe form of endangerment for a species before it is considered extinct in the wild.

The IUCN Red List notes that almost nothing is known of the cuckoo’s ecology and behavior, and that the remaining bird population is under siege because, “At least two-thirds to four-fifths of original lowland forest cover and at least one-third of montane forest have been lost, primarily to agricultural encroachment by shifting cultivators, which is currently affecting large areas of lower montane forest, even within protected areas.”

While efforts have been made to conserve this unique species, including the designation of protected zones in its native Barisan Mountains, they are simply not enough to offset the overall decline in their population and the continued destruction of their habitats. Demand more action is taken to save this species from extinction.


Dear Minister Bakar,

The Sumatran ground-cuckoo (Carpococcyx viridis), naturally native to Sumatra, is one of the most endangered bird species on the planet — It is considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a designation which represents the most severe form of endangerment for a species before it is considered extinct in the wild.

Despite efforts to protect the species, much more can be done, especially by getting at the root of the problem: Deforestation.

More than half of Sumatra’s original lowland forest cover has been lost, and unless this trend is reversed, many unique species, including the Sumatran ground-cuckoo, will vanish from the Earth forever. Please urge your government and ministry to do more to protect this endangered species.


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Photo credit: Nicolas Huet

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  1. holly homayonfar says:

    Please save this beautiful and unique bird, we have lost enough innocent and amazing animals due to our ignorance and greed.

  2. Every animal serves a purpose !

  3. Indonesia is no better than China these days. Forest destruction for palm oil leaving animals and villagers homeless, skinning dogs alive for their meat……..will they really care for a bird?

  4. ALL wildlife is essential for the survival of the planet and the humans who live on it. Each species, no matter its size nor how insignificant it may seem to humans, has its own role in making this planet work and thrive efficiently.

    Humans, however, are the least necessary species on earth, and the earth and every other species on it would fare much better without any of us or the destruction we leave in our wake.

    Man’s self-righteousness, selfishness, callousness, carelessness, thoughtlessness, greed and avarice is destroying our planet and all who live and depend on it.

  5. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

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