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The Barn Swallow crosses the Sahara Desert on its migration © Derek Keats

Don’t get in a flap, get into FLAP: a new platform for migratory landbirds

Fri, 04/05/2018
The Friends of Landbirds Action Plan (FLAP for short), created by BirdLife and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), encourages people from all walks of life to share information, educate and spread the word to protect our landbirds on their migration over vast continents. And you’re invited.
In 2017, the Liberian Greenbul was reclassified as an invalid species © HBW

Solving the world’s great bird mysteries

Thu, 03/05/2018
Keen-eyed readers will note that we ‘lost’ a species in the 2017 Red List update – the Liberian Greenbul is no longer recognised as a valid species by BirdLife. But mourn not its loss: this is simply the latest in a long line of taxonomic avian mysteries to have been solved...

Un hippopotame sur le territoire des oiseaux

Mon, 30/04/2018
Une balade bucolique prend l'allure d'un dangereux safari. Mais que fait cet hippopotame si proche des maisons et des hommes?
An idyllic birding stroll turned into a dangerous safari with the intrusion of this unexpected pachyderm © ABN

Surprise hippo invades bird walk in Burundi

Mon, 30/04/2018
The appearance of a hippopotamus at an African bird hotspot was funny and perilous in equal measure – but highlights the underlying problem of human encroachment driving these massive mammals out of their usual home
100 organisations from 70 countries gathered under one roof to tackle threats to migratory birds © Pawel Horazy

A Summit for the Flyways: our declaration

Fri, 27/04/2018
Today marked the end of a four-day global summit, which brought together key players in bird conservation from across the world to discuss one issue: how to protect migratory birds at every point along their epic journey. Here’s what we decided.
The iconic sight of an Atlantic Puffin loading its beak with fish may soon be a thing of the past © Pixabay

7 birds you won’t believe are threatened with extinction

Wed, 25/04/2018
It’s a worrying trend: even birds that were once considered common and widespread are now plummeting towards extinction. Some of the species on this list will shock you.
Arjan holding a Sclater's Crowned-pigeon in Papua New Guinea, that he bought in order to save and release © Laurens Steijn

Meet the man with the record for most bird species seen in a year

Tue, 24/04/2018
Interview: Arjan Dwarshuis owns the world record for the number of bird species spotted in a single year. He has some interesting tales to tell...
The European Turtle Dove is one of many familiar bird species that now find themselves Globally Threatened [Photo: Revital Salomon]

Even familiar birds at risk of extinction, new study finds

Mon, 23/04/2018
The 2018 State of the World’s Birds report, which provides a comprehensive look at the health of bird populations globally, has found that the extinction crisis has spread so far that even some well-known species are now in danger.
Flying Fish Cove is the capital of Christmas Island, Australia, which is an IBA in Danger

Interactive map: explore the world’s most threatened bird paradises

Fri, 20/04/2018
The latest data gathered by the BirdLife Partnership reveals that over 240 areas globally important for the conservation of birds are in imminent danger of being lost forever. Explore some of the most imperiled sites, and discover the threats they face, with our updated IBAs in Danger Story Map