<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day]]> en 28th May 2016 28th May 2016 <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 28th May 2016]]> Amazona tucumana) - This species is classified as Vulnerable as it is experiencing a rapid population decline owing to habitat loss and capture for the cagebird trade. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 27th May 2016]]> Icterus oberi) - This species has always had an extremely small range, but recent volcanic eruptions have caused an extremely rapid population decline and extirpated it from all but two disjunct areas. Deposits of volcanic ash have seriously damaged the habitat of the remaining population, and further deposits or an increased frequency of hurricanes could have devastating effects. Although the trend may have since stabilised, the future of this species in the wild remains uncertain, and it consequently qualifies as Critically Endangered. Confirmation of population size and trend may lead to its downlisting in future.

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<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 26th May 2016]]> Bucorvus leadbeateri) - Habitat destruction and persecution are estimated to have caused very rapid population declines in South Africa and there are anecdotal reports that they have caused declines in other range countries. There is a high probability that such threats and subsequent declines will continue into the future, and as such this qualifies as Vulnerable. Should more accurate trend data become available further reassessment may be required in the future. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 25th May 2016]]> Atlantisia rogersi) - This species, the smallest flightless bird in the world, qualifies as Vulnerable because, although abundant, it is restricted to one tiny island and is at permanent risk from chance events such as the accidental introduction of alien predators. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 24th May 2016]]> Scytalopus panamensis) - This species is listed as Vulnerable because it is known only from a very small area on a single mountain range. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 23rd May 2016]]> 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 - 22nd May 2016]]> 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 - 21st May 2016]]> 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 - 20th May 2016]]> 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 - 19th May 2016]]> 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.

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<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 18th May 2016]]> 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.

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<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 17th May 2016]]> 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. ]]>