<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day]]> en 5th May 2016 5th May 2016 <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 5th May 2016]]> Mohoua ochrocephala) - This species is listed as Endangered because its very small population has recently undergone very rapid population declines following stoat and rat irruptions, and some subpopulations have been extirpated. Within its very small and declining range, surviving populations are becoming increasingly fragmented. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 4th May 2016]]> Sheppardia montana) - There is no recent information on the size and trend of this species's population, but it is probably declining. The species has a very small range in which it is known from few locations. Clearance and degradation of its forest habitat apparently continues. It is therefore classified as Endangered. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 3rd May 2016]]> 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 - 2nd May 2016]]> Cochoa azurea) - This unobtrusive species qualifies as Vulnerable because it has a small and naturally fragmented range and population, which is likely to be declining owing to habitat loss at the lower fringes of its altitudinal range. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 1st May 2016]]> Clangula hyemalis) - This species has been uplisted to Vulnerable because an apparently drastic decline detected in the wintering population in the Baltic Sea since at least the early 1990s implies that the global population will undergo at least a rapid decline over three generations (1993-2020), even when factoring-in uncertainty regarding the sizes and trends of other populations. Improved knowledge regarding populations outside the Baltic Sea might lead to the species being uplisted to Endangered if the overall rate of decline can be confidently shown to be very rapid.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 30th April 2016]]> Lathamus discolor) - This species has been uplisted to Critically Endangered because population modelling predicts an extremely rapid decline owing to nest predation by the introduced Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps in its Tasmanian breeding range. Habitat loss and alteration are also thought to be contributing to declines.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 29th April 2016]]> Pycnonotus taivanus) - This bulbul qualifies as Vulnerable, as it has a rapidly declining population as a result of hybridisation, with spreading Chinese Bulbul populations, compounded by habitat loss. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 28th April 2016]]> Sitta whiteheadi) - This species is listed as Vulnerable because its small population has declined in the last decade due to logging and fires, reducing the amount of large, mature Corsican pine Pinus nigra laricio available. Although some forests are regenerating, the slow maturation time of the pine means that potential new habitat does not compensate for the loss of mature pines elsewhere, therefore it is assumed that the population will continue to decline.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 27th April 2016]]> Actenoides hombroni) - This species qualifies as Vulnerable because it has a small, fragmented population which is declining.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 26th April 2016]]> Cnipodectes superrufus) - This newly described species is classified as Vulnerable because although widespread it occurs at low densities and is consequently suspected to have a small, patchily distributed population that is declining in line with habitat conversion within its range. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 25th April 2016]]> Pipile cumanensis) - ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 24th April 2016]]> Hypotaenidia sylvestris) - This species is listed as Endangered as it has an extremely small population which is restricted to a tiny area of available habitat on one island. Conservation efforts have resulted in the stabilisation of numbers.]]>