<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day]]> en 2nd Oct 2014 2nd Oct 2014 <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 2nd October 2014]]> Dysithamnus occidentalis) - This species has a small range and fragmented distribution in which habitat continues to decline. It is also rare, and thus its population is suspected to be small, with very small, localised subpopulations likely to be declining in line with habitat loss. It therefore qualifies as Vulnerable.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 1st October 2014]]> Icterus northropi) - This newly-split species is listed as Critically Endangered because its extremely small population, which is believed to form a single subpopulation, and is suspected to be in decline owing to the effects of introduced species, as well as infrastructural and agricultural development.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 30th September 2014]]> Monarcha sacerdotum) - This striking forest bird qualifies as Endangered because its very small range is severely fragmented and its habitat and population are continuing to decline as a consequence of rampant habitat loss and degradation. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 29th September 2014]]> Myiomela major) - This species has a naturally very small and severely fragmented range, which is further declining rapidly as a result of conversion of forest habitats to plantations, agriculture and settlements. It therefore qualifies as Endangered. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 28th September 2014]]> Aulacorhynchus huallagae) - This species has a very small range and there are records from only two locations. Coca-growers have taken over forest within its altitudinal range, probably resulting in some reductions in this species's range and population. It is consequently classified as Endangered. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 27th September 2014]]> Carduelis johannis) - This species has a very small range (being known from only five locations) and is assumed to have a very small population. Reports that wholesale felling of juniper woodland - possibly a key component of its habitat - has become widespread in its range have not been confirmed, but as a precaution (pending better knowledge of its habitat requirements), its population is assumed to be declining and it is treated as Endangered. However, if the population and range are proven to be stable, it should be downlisted to Vulnerable. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 26th September 2014]]> Charmosyna amabilis) - This species qualifies as Critically Endangered because the lack of recent records, despite considerable survey effort, suggests it has a tiny population which is presumably continuing to decline as a result of predation from introduced rats and loss of habitat. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 25th September 2014]]> Alauda razae) - This species is confined to one very small island, where its population fluctuates in response to rainfall and appears to reach extremely small numbers. Climate change may increase drought in Cape Verde, adding to the likelihood of extinction. As a ground-nester, the species is highly at risk from the accidental introduction of predators. For all of these reasons, it is classified as Critically Endangered.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 24th September 2014]]> Phoebastria albatrus) - This species is listed as Vulnerable because, although conservation efforts have resulted in a steady population increase, it still has a very small breeding range, limited to Torishima and Minami-kojima (Senkaku Islands), rendering it susceptible to stochastic events and human impacts. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 23rd September 2014]]> Galbula pastazae) - This species is uncommon, and its localised subpopulations are each suspected to be very small, and to form a small total population which is sustaining continuing declines at a rate similar to the alarming pace of forest destruction. It is therefore considered Vulnerable, but data are lacking and its population could be larger than is currently estimated. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 22nd September 2014]]> Luscinia ruficeps) - This poorly known species has been uplisted from Vulnerable owing to evidence that its population is smaller than previously thought. It is now listed as Endangered on the basis that it has a very small population, which is thought to be declining as a result of habitat loss and degradation.
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<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 21st September 2014]]> Phlogophilus hemileucurus) - Based on a model of future deforestation in the Amazon basin, it is suspected that the population of this species will decline by 30-49% over the next three generations, and it has therefore been uplisted to Vulnerable. ]]>