There are about 10,000 species of birds in the world and at least half are passerines, often known as songbirds.

South East Asia (and especially Indonesia) is currently facing a massive songbird crisis because of the illegal wildlife trade - birds are captured and trapped to be used either in singing competitions or kept in cages as a status symbol.

Because of this many species of songbirds are extremely rare and Chester Zoo plays an important role in their conservation through breeding programmes and project work in the wild, such as with the critically endangered blue-crowned laughingthrush and Bali starling.

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