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Greater Adjutants on a rubbish dump in Guwahati, India © AJT Johnsingh, WWF India / NCF

Six unusual habitats that are birding hotspots

Fri, 19/01/2018
2018 is “Year of the Bird”, a year-long celebration in partnership with National Geographic, National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab on Ornithology. This month we’re encouraging you to “Bird Your World” by getting out there and spending time with the birds you love – no matter where you are.
The Indian Vulture is one of three vulture species reassessed in a new paper released today © Sudipto Roy

New study: India may have even fewer vultures...

Tue, 19/12/2017
India’s Critically Endangered vulture populations seemed to be stabilising, but a new study reveals that numbers may be fewer than we thought. Although vulture-killing livestock drug diclofenac has been banned, other drugs, equally fatal to vultures, have not. This is thought to be the main cause.
White-rumped Vultures fitted with satellite transmitters wait within the pre-release aviary © Bird Conservation Nepal

Captive-reared Critically Endangered vultures...

Wed, 08/11/2017
Conservationists are making great progress in removing vulture-killing drug diclofenac from Nepal, with vulture populations stabilising as a result. Now, in this safer environment, it’s almost time for six captive-reared White-rumped Vultures to venture out into the wild.
El Buitre Dorsiblanco es uno de cuatro especies de buitres en Peligro Crítico beneficiados por esta prohibición

India cierra la escapatoria que amenazaba la...

Fri, 27/10/2017
El gobierno de India tomó un importante paso para prevenir la extinción de buitres asiáticos que se encuentran en Peligro Crítico. Por la duración del juicio el juez estuvo del lado de los buitres, refiriéndose a ellos como “trabajadores de sanidad” en vez de “aves carroñeras”.
The White-rumped Vulture is one of four critically endangered vulture species benefiting from the ban © Lip Kee

India closes the loophole threatening the...

Fri, 27/10/2017
This week, India took a crucial step towards preventing the extinction of Asia’s Critically Endangered vultures by upholding the ban on large vials of diclofenac, a painkiller fatal to vultures. The judge was on the vultures’ side throughout, preferring the term “sanitary workers” to "scavengers".

After the crash: how can we rebuild South Asia...

Thu, 31/08/2017
Conservationists from India and Nepal have come together to plan a transboundary, sustainable answer to the question: how can you improve the outlook of a bird family that has already suffered a population crash of 99%?

The King of the Dawn

Thu, 26/01/2017
Awaken to the sound of the rooster. Hard work and good fortunes are ahead. Celebrate the Chinese New Year by recognising the only bird in the Chinese zodiac.
© Seshadri K S

The frog we thought was a kingfisher

Tue, 24/01/2017
It's common for one species to be mistaken for another, similar species. But in India something we thought was a kingfisher turned out to be a frog. How did this happen?

New vital bird habitat identified in India

Fri, 18/11/2016
Thanks to a project funded by the Conservation Leadership Programme, Papikonda National Park has been declared an Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBA).
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The search for India's hidden treasures

Thu, 13/10/2016
Out of sight, out of mind? A new study casts a light on the threats faced by the little known grassland specialists that skulk on the fringes of India's tourist trails

Indian Government commits to sign raptor...

Thu, 21/01/2016
India has become the 54th country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), an important international agreement to protect migratory birds of prey.

Major breakthrough in fight to save Asian...

Fri, 28/08/2015
A major step for the future of vultures in Asia has been announced by the Indian Ministry of Health. A ban of multi-dose vials of human formulations of diclofenac, which is responsible for the death of tens of millions of Asia’s vultures, has come into force with immediate effect.

Venturing into new territory, Africa and Asia

Wed, 01/07/2015
Newly industrialized nations are catching-up to ‘western’ standards: more money, more cars, more everything. With it comes a growing demand for cement and building materials, so BirdLife / HeidelbergCement have ventured into new partnership grounds...

Number of vulture deaths per meal reduced by a...

Tue, 14/10/2014
The number of vultures dying from diclofenac contamination in India has reduced by more than a third between 2005 and 2009, according to a new study.
The creation of a vulture safe zone will help populations stabilise and increase (Marek Jobda; worldsrarestbirds.com)

Indian Partner to establish Vulture Safe Zone in...

Mon, 27/01/2014
BNHS (BirdLife in India), in association with Rio Tinto and BirdLife International, is establishing a 30,000 square km Vulture Safe Zone in Madhya Pradesh.

Amur Falcons tracked to Africa

Thu, 19/12/2013
Three Amur Falcons have been tracked by satellite from Nagaland in India to Africa, showing what an amazing journey these birds take.

Action for Amur Falcons brings hope for an end to...

Fri, 29/11/2013

Last year’s news of the massacre of Amur Falcons in India shocked the world.

Ten new Members of Honour at BirdLife World...

Wed, 26/06/2013
These awards are made to people who have made a significant contribution to the growth, governance, finances and conservation strategy of BirdLife International over at least five years.