Preventing Extinctions - Asia

Cebu Flowerpecker. Photo: Tomasz Cofta
Cebu Flowerpecker. Photo: Tomasz Cofta

BirdLife’s Preventing Extinctions Programme appoints Species Guardians to carry out conservation action on the ground, and finds Species Champions to fund and raise awareness for their activities. Currently, work is underway to save the Critically Endangered birds of Asia, such as the Helmeted Hornbill Rhinoplax vigilRufous-headed Hornbill Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni, Gurney’s Pitta Hydrornis gurneyi, Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps, Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis, Giant Ibis Thaumatibis gigantea, White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni, Flores Hawk-eagle Nisaetus floris, Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus and Cerulean Paradise Flycatcher Eutrichomyias rowleyi - just to name a few.

Many BirdLife Asia Partners are involved in work to protect the Critically Endangered Gyps vultures in South and Southeast Asia. Others are working to safeguard the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus, from its breeding grounds in Russia, via its migration route around the Yellow Sea coast, to its wintering grounds in Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Still more are are working to locate and protect the breeding grounds of the Chinese Crested Tern Sterna bernsteini and address hunting of the once common but now Critically Endangered Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola.

The BirdLife Asia partnership is raising awareness of the threat of hunting and trade to bird populations - a crisis that has risen to unprecedented levels in Asia - and actively working on species groups directly impacted, such as hornbills, parrots and songbirds.


For details on the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions & Bird Trade programmes in Asia, please contact Anuj Jain at