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Indian Quarries attract birds

Thu, 16/07/2020
In a recent study 117 bird species, six of which are endemic to the subcontinent, wer

Wetlands ablaze: oil well leak causes major...

Tue, 30/06/2020
A major gas leak and blowout at the Baghjan oil field, in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, has severely damaged the nearby wetlands of Maguri-Motapung and polluted the tributaries of the Brahmaputra River, as well as adjacent areas of the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
El Rincon Stream Frog © H. Povedano

Announcing 2020's Conservation Leadership...

Thu, 04/06/2020
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Conservation Leadership Programme Team Awards. This year's award-winning projects will help make great strides towards saving a wide diversity of threatened species across the world.
Great Indian Bustard © Nayan Khanolkar

Great Indian Bustard gets new level of protection

Tue, 02/06/2020
For the world’s heaviest flying bird, the modern landscape poses many threats and dangers. Fortunately, early this year, major landmarks decided at the Convention on Migratory Species secured greater protection for the species, both on land and in the air.
Birdwatchers' sightings were found to be an accurate way to measure bird populations © Nicolas Mirguet / Flickr

15,000 birdwatchers contribute to first major...

Wed, 19/02/2020
The first ever full report on the state of India’s birds was released this week, made using data collected from over 15,000 birdwatchers across the country. Increases in Indian Peafowl and declines in raptors are among the major findings.
A global map of animal migrations

How we’re connecting the dots at the Convention...

Thu, 13/02/2020
This month, BirdLife is attending a major global conference uniting governments, NGOs and scientists to advance the protection of migratory species. Find out how this powerful collaboration works, and BirdLife’s aims this year.
Indian Skimmers © Dhairya Jhaveri

Meet the river guardians watching over Indian...

Tue, 17/12/2019
In India, an innovative community conservation experiment is helping to safeguard the globally threatened Indian Skimmer’s nesting colonies from free-ranging dogs and trampling cattle.
The "baby shower"-style hatching ceremony drew media attention © Aranyak

The Adjutant Army: an all-female campaign for an...

Mon, 25/03/2019
A gangly, bald, leathery bird with a penchant for eating garbage, the Greater Adjutant’s unconventional appearance has brought it to the edge of extinction. But in India, an all-female group of conservationists is fighting to clear its name.
The "Panda Team" will be preserving the habitat of the Giant Panda - along with the birds it shares it with

These millennials are changing the future of...

Fri, 01/06/2018
Young minds can give us fresh answers. These young people’s conservation ideas were so impressive that they were awarded grants to carry out their work. Check out ten projects that are shaping the conservation world for the next generation.
Greater Adjutants on a rubbish dump in Guwahati, India © AJT Johnsingh, WWF India / NCF

Six unusual habitats that are birding hotspots

Tue, 30/01/2018
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.
Eco-clubs have given locals a new appreciation of the Amur Falcon © Thangam Velusamy / Shutterstock

From slaughter to spectacle - education inspires...

Mon, 29/01/2018
Five years ago, hundreds of thousands of migrating Amur Falcons were being slaughtered annually in northeast India. Today, they are celebrated.
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?