In this section of the State of the world’s birds website, State of the nation’s birds reports are presented. These publications draw on national survey and monitoring data to provide a detailed and authoritative insight into the status of and pressures faced by birds and biodiversity in specific countries, with inspiring examples of conservation actions being undertaken by BirdLife Partners and others.
State of Paraguay's Birds
Situated at the convergence of six major ecoregions, Paraguay has a rich biodiversity that includes over 700 bird species. Unfortunately, as revealed in State of Paraguay’s birds (published by Guyra Paraguay), there has been a steady and continuous deterioration in the status of the country’s avifauna—with 17% of species now at risk of disappearing from Paraguay altogether. The report not only outlines the reasons for these declines, but also the actions needed to reverse them including a range of innovative and far-reaching conservation initiatives developed by Guyra Paraguay.
For more information visit the Guyra Paraguay website
State of Bird Conservation in Bolivia
Launched in early 2012, Estado de conservación de las Aves en Bolivia (State of bird conservation in Bolivia), produced by Asociación Armonía (Birdlife in Bolivia), provides a detailed assessment of the current status of the country’s avifauna. Bolivia is the sixth most bird-rich country in the world, boasting an impressive 1,422 bird species. The report examines the principal threats facing birds in the country and outlines what steps are needed to prevent further environmental degradation. Designed to appeal to a wide audience, both nationally and internationally, the report is intended to raise the profile of bird conservation amongst Bolivia’s policy makers and help mainstream biodiversity concepts into political policies.
For more information visit the Asociación Armonía website
State of Nepal’s Birds 2010
State of Nepal's Birds 2010, produced by Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN; BirdLife in Nepal), aims to raise awareness amongst policymakers, the general public and conservation organisations of the plight of Nepal’s birds and the responses needed to help secure their conservation. It shows that, since the last assessment of Nepal’s birds in 2004, the status of the country’s avifauna has deteriorated. There are now 149 bird species considered nationally threatened, 16 more than in 2004. Human activities lay behind these declines, especially those associated with the spread of agriculture. Fortunately, the Nepalese Government recognises the importance of biodiversity, whilst across the country there are numerous excellent examples of conservation being carried out by a range of Non-Governmental Organisations. Many of these recent successes are discussed in detail within the report.
For more information visit the BCN website
State of Palau’s Birds 2010
State of Palau’s Birds 2010, produced by the Palau Conservation Society (BirdLife in Palau), is a conservation guide for communities and policymakers. The islands support a rich avifauna with nine endemic species and several important seabird colonies but, as the report makes clear, many of the archipelago’s bird species are in decline. Loss and degradation of habitat, illegal hunting, invasive species and climate change are identified as the principal threats. Despite these serious challenges, the report is optimistic in tone—outlining in detail the actions needed to protect both birds and biodiversity.
For more information visit the PCS website
The State of Canada's Birds
The State of Canada's Birds 2012 report draws on 40 years of data to create the first-ever comprehensive picture of the current health of Canada's birds. Produced by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI-Canada), whose members include Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada (BirdLife’s Partners in Canada), the report points to the strong influence of human activity on bird populations, both positive and negative, as well as the need for urgent action for bird conservation.
For more information visit the State of Canada's Birds 2012 website
The State of the UK's Birds
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB; BirdLife in the UK) has produced an annual State of the UK's Birds report for over a decade, summarising the fortunes of bird populations throughout the United Kingdom. The latest report, the thirteenth in the series, draws on many sources of information to give an up-to-date overview of the status of bird populations in the UK and its Overseas Territories.
For past reports visit the RSPB website
State of Australia's Birds
Since 2003, BirdLife Australia (BirdLife in Australia) has produced an annual State of Australia’s Birds (SOAB) report. Each year’s publication focuses on a different theme, such as climate change or restoring woodland habitat. The latest report looks at the status of birds on Australia’s Islands. The report documents the rich avian diversity found across the country’s more than 8,300 islands and islets and the threats—such as sea-level rise and invasive species—they face.
For past reports visit the BirdLife Australia website
State of the Birds (US)
The State of the Birds 2011 Report was produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with a number of North American environmental organisations including the National Audubon Society (BirdLife in the US). It provides the nation’s first assessment of the distribution of birds on public lands and helps public agencies identify which species have significant potential for conservation in each habitat.
For past reports visit the report website
Conservation Status of Birds in Spain 2010
Conservation status of bird in Spain in 2010 is a report produced by SEO (BirdLife in Spain). It outlines the state of birds across the country’s main habitats using data collected as part of the Common Bird Monitoring Programme (Programa de Seguimiento de Aves Comunes Reproductoras, SACRE).
For more information visit the SEO website