The Common Cuckoo prefers to let other birds do hard work © Vladimir Turkenich / Shutterstock
01 Sep 2021

Here’s how 7 iconic migratory bird species spent the spring & summer

Digging metre-long tunnels, luring away predators, stealing other bird’s nests… the breeding season is never dull for these seven bird species, which are now leaving Europe for the warmer climate of Africa.
The Yellow-naped Amazon naturally roosts in groups of hundreds © Ondrej Prosicky / Shutterstock
25 Aug 2021

Polly wants a future: Yellow-naped Amazon in illegal pet trade crisis

Chicks seized from the nest, birds dying in transit – the Yellow-naped Amazon’s wild population is being driven to the brink of extinction by the illegal pet trade. If we want to give this intelligent and resplendent parrot a future, we need to act now – before it’s too late.
Singapore parrot owners hold group gatherings to display and fly their birds © Tim Plowden//www.timplowden.co.uk
18 Aug 2021

70% of Singapore parrot owners disapprove of wild parrot poaching

New research reveals that the majority of Singapore’s growing community of pet parrot owners prefer captive-bred birds, and are concerned about the impact of the illegal wild parrot trade. If armed with knowledge, these groups have the potential to become champions for parrot conservation.
A handful of Velvet Scoters were spotted at Lake Tabatskuri, Georgia in 2014 © Nika Paposhvili
12 Aug 2021

Surprise rediscovery of threatened duck diverts species from extinction

When researcher Nika Paposhvili unexpectedly discovered a population of Velvet Scoters in a location where the bird was thought to be extinct, it launched an urgent project to safeguard the future of the species - one that involved the whole community.
For BirdLife, 2021 is "Year of the Dove" © BirdLife Europe / Flight for Survival
10 Aug 2021

Do we hear the SOS of the European Turtle-dove?

The European Turtle-dove - a familiar and beloved bird widespread in culture and folklore - is now Vulnerable to extinction. But not everyone is listening to its cry for help. Discover the threats it faces and the action underway to protect it in our free webinar on Wednesday 11th August, 14:30 CET.
Knobbed Hornbill, BirdLife International

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09 Aug 2021

Empowering Indigenous Peoples to manage and protect their local forests

Indigenous Peoples know their lands better than anyone, and nothing can replace their expertise in forest conservation. That’s why BirdLife and Partners are providing technical training and support for Indigenous Peoples, so that they can manage and protect their local forests for generations to come.
© Pablo Rodriguez Merkel
04 Aug 2021

Nature restoration for green recovery and beyond: principles and best

Through our world-leading science, unique local-to-global policy reach and extensive on-ground conservation work around the globe, BirdLife is uniquely placed to guide on why and how we need to restore nature to build back better from COVID-19, tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, and improve health and well-being, as part of wider and long-term efforts to achieve an equitable, carbon-neutral, nature-positive future for all.
Common Hill Mynah chicks - this native species is illegal to sell in India © Abrar Ahmed
30 Jul 2021

Uncovered: India’s illegal wild bird trade hub

India’s black market in wild birds may be less noticeable than in other countries, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as harmful. Our research has uncovered the sheer scale of the crisis – and also shown us what action we need to take to tackle it.
Dicing with death: an Egyptian Vulture (Endangered) perching on a dangerous power pole © Andras Kovacs
23 Jul 2021

Why we need to make ‘sustainable’ development truly bird-safe

Planting vegetation to stop the spread of deserts, bringing electricity to rural communities… these are positive steps, as long as the right preparations are made. Sadly, poorly-planned ‘sustainable’ development is having unintended but devastating consequences for threatened birds that migrate through Africa and the Middle East.
21 Jul 2021

Paraguay's San Rafael reserve is being restored in a buzz-worthy way

Youth conservationist Fabiana Benítez tells how one rainforest is being restored with the help of BirdLife Partners and tea.

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Each token represents a living bird currently residing on Cousin Island Special Reserve © Adrian Scottow
19 Jul 2021

Seychelles songbird becomes world's first 'digital species

BirdLife Partner Nature Seychelles is looking for innovative ways to fund the protection of their wildlife, including the Seychelles Magpie-robin (Endangered). Today, the bird is up for sale as the first ever Digital Nature Collectible, using carbon-neutral infrastructure that expends almost zero energy.
 Clinging to existence - one of the few remaining adult Fatu Hiva monarchs © Benjamin Ignace
16 Jul 2021

The race to save the last of the monarchs from extinction

There are only four breeding pairs of Fatu Hiva Monarchs left on earth – the tragic victims of invasive species. Our French Polynesian Partner SOP Manu knows exactly what to do, having brought a similar bird, the Tahiti Monarch, back from the brink of extinction. But they urgently need your help.
A Common Crane and its chicks, Gru and Dru, in the valley of the Black Brook
14 Jul 2021

Cuteness alert: first Crane chicks are born in Belgium!

Have you heard of Gru and Dru? They’re two nine-week old Common Crane chicks. They’re eating roots, hanging around the nest, and beginning to fly short distances; like other chicks of their age. But they are not just any cranes: they might be the first Common Cranes ever to be born in Belgium.
Flying into danger: around 1 in 5 Great Indian Bustards die on powerlines every year © Devesh Gadhavi
14 Jul 2021

New India powerline ruling is lifeline for Critically Endangered bustard

The Great Indian Bustard is on the brink of extinction. Collision with powerlines is the biggest threat – but hope is at hand. This year, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that all powerlines should be taken underground at its breeding stronghold – a lifeline for this and many other bird species.
50-100 years ago, this was one  of the commonest birds  in Java’s farmlands © Simon Bruslund
09 Jul 2021

A million caged, none in the wild: freeing the Javan Pied Starling

Over a million kept as pets in Indonesian homes, yet likely none left in their natural habitat: this is the extraordinary story of the Javan Pied Starling and what it represents for the Asian songbird crisis. Thankfully, plans for breeding and reintroduction raise hopes.
Arctic tern © Markus Varesvuo

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