Yogyakarta Bird Market
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Elsbethje
Amsterdam22 contributions
The market is very interesting from an antropological point of view, but also heartbreaking.
All kinds of animals to find, not just birds. It is a diverse as you can imagine:
dogs, cat, rabbits, cobra's, bats, gecko's, monkeys in cages... All animals are held in a terrible environment, in a small cage, in the heat without water. If you want to see almost dead rabits and puppy dogs, come here.. At the backside, vendors sell birds that you can free, but the birds are trained and well return, so the vendors can re"sell" them a thousend times. This is not the bad part though, the keepers are fond of their birds and take more care of them then other vendors do of their animals. The market is actually not fun at all, just sad. If you pay a visit, don't pay the vendors any money whatsoever, not buy anything and don't make a donation to "nurse" the animals. You will either end up having a sick or almost dead animal or you will support the vendors family instead of the animals. Give your human, travellers eye time to look around and observe the culture at the market, that's all that it is worth.
Written July 30, 2009
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rlfbark
Perth, Australia413 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
I was little hesitant to visit Bird Market after reading sad & depressing review.
I went anyway as I had enough time in Yogyakarta.
It's true, it can be disturbing for some people. however I was glad I went.
It was interesting for me to look at not only birds but all different creatures. I also got some good shots from here. I would miss it if you are on tight schedule. It's worth a quick browse if you have spare time.
Not far from central Yogyakarta, no admission fee.
Written January 22, 2015
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pierpaolo33
Spilimbergo, Italy17 contributions
it's a very interesting and unusual (for us) place. there are birds of every kind!!! but also a variety of other animals like cats, dogs, snakes, crocodiles, turtles, chickens, rabbits, bats, owls, squirrels, lizards etc etc etc etc
but prepare yourself because it's very sad to see all those animals in those small cages...
Written March 27, 2010
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Soul Free Travels
Austin, TX17 contributions
Feb 2019
In my 3 months of travel through Southeast Asia, this was by far the most disturbing place I went to. Yes, there were hanging baskets full of different and exotic bird species but there were also monkeys, turtles, bats, cats, a python and other reptiles. I can say with no hesitation, that most of the animals were in extremely cramped quarters, dirty cages, and living in unsanitary and unsafe conditions.The were clearly stressed and I took pictures of because I want people to see so you don't need to go. I tried to get images of the poor monkeys but, was instructed not to.

Your going, it keeps this place open and it is most definitely a place that should not be. Cultural differences aside, this is just not a place that should be a tourist attraction unless you like to see animal cruelty and love being depressed.
Written August 18, 2019
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Friggykeith
Frigiliana, Spain198 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
OK I'm from the West and maybe shouldn't judge, but I found the sight of all these creatures in tiny cages terribly disturbing. We even found a couple of kingfishers in cramped cages.

I like the people of Indonesia, however this aspect of their lives deeply depresses me and makes me understand why Kalimantan is taking care of so many orphaned Orangutans captured and used as pets until their usefulness as entertainment passes.

In one section we saw very mature cats and dogs in tiny cages where we guessed they had spent most of their lives.

I would never visit this place again, for me it's too shocking.
Written April 22, 2014
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Adam
Sydney, Australia9 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
Went here with two friends expecting exotic and rare birds and animals and instead was confronted with thousands of mistreated and malnourished birds, rabbits, dogs and cats.

Im glad that I went so that I could tell the other people at my hostel it wasn't worth the 10,000Rp taxi.

We left feeling guilty that animals are kept in these conditions not only at this market but also many more around the world.

Not a tourist attraction at all.
Written February 23, 2016
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Christina S
Stockholm, Sweden520 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
WARNING. My husband said it was like a concentration camp for birds and other animals and I have to agree on that.

We miss understood our Becak driver and thought it was a boat market but instead it was a bird market...

It was terrible. Small cages for big birds as owls. Small puppies and kittens laid down and seemed to be traumatised. No, if have any feelings for animals, please don't come here.
Written August 12, 2018
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little l
little l
16 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
This place has a lot of sick animals in display. Recommended to those who just want to have a look on various (even protected and sometimes rare animals) but not for those who really love animals. I went there several times just to buy food for my pets and I have seen a lot of unique animals you wont normally see.

Anyway, locals love it since it is like a free zoo for them. Not recommended for tourists.
Written July 20, 2016
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Bernardo Araujo
Curitiba, PR66 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
Is it a depressing place? Well, quite often. But I don't travel to judge, I'm there to see what the country has to show me, and to learn from it. The market left me a little bit worried about animal rights in Indonesia, but that was one of the most memorable places I visited in a 3-month journey. Really incredibly interesting!! I could've spent ages there taking pictures and watching the people (and the animals)
Written January 11, 2015
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TheDukeCity
Albuquerque, NM111 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
We walked the market and saw a variety of birds and beautiful bird cages. It is a great place to see where people find birds for their homes. It was a neat experience.
Written July 3, 2014
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