Preventing Extinctions - Asia

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

By 2020, the BirdLife Asia Partnership intends to improve the status of at least half the birds in each IUCN Red List threat category (Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable) in the region, with populations stable or increasing, and threats reduced. At least five species will have been “downlisted” from Critically Endangered to Endangered through the work of the Partnership. Declines in common bird species will also be halted or reduced.

Under BirdLife’s Preventing Extinctions Programme, which appoints Species Guardians to carry out conservation action on the ground, and finds Species Champions to fund their activities, work is underway to save the Critically Endangered Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi, Mindoro Bleeding-heart Gallicolumba platenae,  Black-hooded Coucal Centropus steerii and Cebu Flowerpecker Dicaeum quadricolor in the Philippines, Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis and White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni in Cambodia, and Jerdon’s Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus in India. 

Many BirdLife Asia Partners are involved in work to protect the Critically Endangered 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. Others are working to locate and protect the breeding grounds of the Chinese Crested Tern Sterna bernsteini.