<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day]]> en 24th May 2015 24th May 2015 <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 24th May 2015]]> Uratelornis chimaera) - This species is classified as Vulnerable because there is an ongoing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat, the rate of which is increasing annually, implying that its population is likely to decline rapidly over the next ten years. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 23rd May 2015]]> Xenicus gilviventris) - This species has a small and fragmented population which is estimated to be undergoing a decline owing to heavy nest predation. It is therefore considered Vulnerable. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 22nd May 2015]]> Hemignathus lucidus) - The last confirmed sightings of this species were in 1995-1996 at Hanawi on Maui, with none since then despite extensive effort in a large proportion of the historic range. However, it cannot yet be presumed to be Extinct until further surveys have confirmed that there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died. Any remaining population is likely to be tiny, and for these reasons it is treated as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct). ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 21st May 2015]]> Rhinomyias brunneatus) - This species qualifies as Vulnerable because it has a small, declining population as a result of destruction of lowland forest in its breeding and wintering grounds, primarily through logging for timber and conversion to agricultural production. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 20th May 2015]]> Ophrysia superciliosa) - This species has not been recorded with certainty since 1876, despite a number of searches, and it may have been severely impacted by hunting and habitat degradation. However, it probably remains extant, because thorough surveys are still required, and the species may be difficult to detect (favouring dense grass and being reluctant to fly). In addition, there is a recent set of possible sightings around Naini Tal in 2003. Any remaining population is likely to be tiny, and for these reasons it is treated as Critically Endangered.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 19th May 2015]]> Spizaetus isidori) - This species has been uplisted to Endangered on the basis that its declining population is estimated to be very small, with fewer mature individuals than previously thought. The destruction of its montane forest habitat, as well as direct human persecution, are inferred to be driving a continuing decline. Further research is required to elucidate threatening processes and quantify their resulting effects on population trends.

<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 18th May 2015]]> Pachycephala rufogularis) - This species has been uplisted to Vulnerable because it has a small, declining population within which all subpopulations are very small, occurring at few locations within a very small Area of Occupancy.  Historically large parts of its range have been lost to habitat conversion, however recent declines have been primarily driven by fires, as the species prefers mallee heath habitat which has not been recently burnt. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 17th May 2015]]> Ognorhynchus icterotis) - This species is classified as Endangered because the known population of mature individuals is extremely small; however, intensive conservation action has stabilised its current range and resulted in a population increase. If the number of mature individuals continues to increase the species may be downlisted in the future.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 16th May 2015]]> Ploceus aureonucha) - This species is undoubtedly very rare, having been seen on very few occasions by ornithologists, and probably has a very small population which is suspected to be declining within its very restricted range. It is therefore classified as Endangered. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 15th May 2015]]> Formicivora erythronotos) - This species is listed as Endangered because it has a very small and severely fragmented range that is likely to be declining rapidly in response to habitat loss (Collar et al. 1992). It is known from just seven sites. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 14th May 2015]]> Acrocephalus rehsei) - This poorly known island warbler qualifies as Vulnerable because its very small range leaves it susceptible to chance events, such as cyclones and the introduction of alien predators. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 13th May 2015]]> Myiarchus semirufus) - This species has declined in range and numbers and now has a small global population restricted to a very small known range at six fragmented locations (Joseph 2004). As a result it is considered Endangered, but further survey effort may reveal that it occurs across a wider area of suitable habitat. If this is the case it may warrant downlisting in the future. ]]>