<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day]]> en 23rd Jul 2014 23rd Jul 2014 <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 23rd July 2014]]> Pseudibis davisoni) - This species has a very small and fragmented population as a result of habitat loss, hydrological changes, hunting, disturbance and potentially a number of unknown factors, and is projected to undergo an extremely rapid population decline over the next three generations (25 years) owing to these on-going threats. It therefore qualifies as Critically Endangered. If conservation efforts succeed in bringing the largest remaining populations, in north-eastern Cambodia and along the Mekong channel, under effective protection, the species may warrant downlisting.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 22nd July 2014]]> Turdus helleri) - This species is considered Critically Endangered because it has a tiny occupied range of c.3.5 km2, within which its montane forest habitat has been severely fragmented and continues to decline in both extent and quality. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 21st July 2014]]> Cercomacra ferdinandi) - This species qualifies as Vulnerable because it is suspected to have suffered a rapid population decline owing to destruction of its riverside habitat by the construction of large hydroelectric plants within its range. These declines are projected to continue owing to further planned dam construction. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 20th July 2014]]> Thalassarche carteri) - This species is listed as Endangered on the basis of an estimated very rapid ongoing decline over three generations (71 years), based on data from the population stronghold on Amsterdam Island. This decline is the result of adult mortality and poor recruitment owing to interactions with fisheries and disease. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 19th July 2014]]> Passer hemileucus) - This species is classified as Vulnerable as it is estimated to have a small population which is known from very few locations. If its population is judged to be smaller or declining the species may be uplisted in the future. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 18th July 2014]]> Penelope albipennis) - This species qualifies as Critically Endangered because it has an extremely small population with a severely fragmented distribution. Awareness campaigns directed at local people, further surveys and concerted conservation action (the beginnings of which are apparent) appear to be improving its status such that the population may have ceased to decline. If this is confirmed, the species may warrant downlisting in the future.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 17th July 2014]]> Loxioides bailleui) -

This species has is listed as Critically Endangered because it has suffered extremely rapid annual population declines since 2003. The primary short-term driver of the decline is prolonged drought, which has reduced mamane pod production, but other contributing factors include habitat degradation by introduced ungulates, predation by introduced cats, and competition for caterpillar food from introduced parasitoid wasps.

<![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 16th July 2014]]> Puffinus huttoni) - Although this species has a stable population, habitat changes are still occurring through continued, although much reduced, erosion and vegetation regeneration as a result of herbivore control. It qualifies as Endangered because breeding is restricted to just two colonies which may be losing burrows. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 15th July 2014]]> Cyanolyca nana) - This species is considered Vulnerable because it has a small range, which is declining rapidly in response to habitat loss. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 14th July 2014]]> Garrulax cinereifrons) - This species is listed as Vulnerable, as it has a small population and range, which are severely fragmented and undergoing continuing declines as a result of clearance and degradation of humid forest habitats. ]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 13th July 2014]]> Merulaxis stresemanni) - This species remained unrecorded for 50 years until it was rediscovered in 1995 near Una, Bahia, but there have been no more records from this locality despite subsequent searches. However, it has now also been found in Bandeira county, in the border of the Pardo and Jequitinhonha valleys, Minas Gerais and Bahia, where its extremely small range and population, at a single location, is declining owing to fires, logging and the clearance of steep humid valley-floor forest for cattle-ranching and agriculture. The entire population may now number just 10-15 individuals. For these reasons it is classified as Critically Endangered.]]> <![CDATA[BirdLife species of the day - 12th July 2014]]> Carduelis yarrellii) - Widespread and illegal trade is apparently resulting in a rapid population reduction, qualifying this species as Vulnerable (Collar et al. 1992). ]]>