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Black Kite © HIH Princess Takamado

The Black Kite: a clever hawk

Thu, 05/08/2021
Reviled in Japanese culture and beyond for its scavenging behaviour, the Black Kite is a misunderstood raptor. Find out how its biggest flaws are actually its biggest advantages – both for its own survival, and ours.
Ruddy Kingfisher © HIH Princess Takamado

A scarlet bird: the Ruddy Kingfisher

Tue, 01/06/2021
With fiery plumage and a voice that was thought to summon the rain, discover the folklore and natural history of this splendid bird through the eyes of a photographer.
 Bohemian Waxwing © HIH Princess Takamado

A Lesson from the Waxwing

Thu, 01/04/2021
Every year waxwings migrate to Japan, where they spend the winter gorging themselves on mistletoe berries. Find out how the win-win relationship between bird and plant means they can always rely on a full crop of berries when they return the following year.
Eurasian Tree Sparrows on a tree branch © HIH Princess Takamado

Chubby Sparrows in Winter

Fri, 05/02/2021
Common and familiar with muted plumage, it's easy to take the Eurasian Tree Sparrow for granted. But a cautionary tale from history shows just how vital this bird is, and how you often don't appreciate what you've got until it's gone. From "Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, February, 2021.
Dailus Laurence, 29, started working on Cousin Island at the age of 21 © Nature Seychelles

Nature Seychelles warden wins 2020 African Ranger...

Mon, 02/11/2020
Dailus Laurence, the Chief Warden of Cousin Island Special Reserve and employee of Nature Seychelles (BirdLife Partner), has won the prestigious 2020 African Ranger Award, promoted by the Alibaba Foundation and the Paradise Foundation. The award includes prize money of US$ 10,000.

Last chance to tell...

Thu, 17/03/2011
For three years, Mark Cocker, the author and conservationist, has been working with BirdLife on a massive and remarkable initiative that documents how birds fill our lives. Called Birds and People, the project is building an international chorus on just why birds are so important to people.

Birds and People: Bonds in a Timeless Journey

Mon, 10/01/2011
360 pages, £9.99, Available to buy. Birds and People: Bonds in a Timeless Journey unfolds the history of our relationship with the most colourful and familiar of the groups of organisms we share our planet with.