The impacts of overexploitation of birds are most prevalent in Asia: eight out of the top ten countries with the highest numbers of birds at risk from exploitation are in Asia.
In 2012, nearly all the countries and territories of the world (242, 99%) harbour bird species that are threatened by overexploitation, but this threat appears to be particularly prevalent in Asia (analysis of data held in BirdLife’s World Bird Database 2012). This region has eight out of the ten countries with the highest numbers of threatened birds at risk from exploitation (see figure). Indonesia and China stand out: as well as affecting the greatest number of species (82 and 71 respectively), overexploitation is impacting a higher proportion of all their threatened birds, and hence their entire avifauna, than would be expected in these countries.
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Compiled 2004, updated 2008, 2012
BirdLife International (2012) Unsustainable exploitation of birds is most prevalent in Asia. Presented as part of the BirdLife State of the world's birds website. Available from: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/sowb/casestudy/163. Checked: 07/07/2015
|Key message: Overexploitation has already caused extinctions and remains a significant threat today|