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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...
 Junk food is no good for the Kea © Pavlina Trauskeova/ Shutterstock

Why a "junk food" diet is killing off...

Fri, 26/01/2018
The forested mountains of New Zealand’s South Island are home to a famously mischievous alpine parrot. But human conflict, deliberate feeding and the deadly threat of invasive mammals is driving the species’ decline. This year, it was uplisted from Vulnerable to Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
La population de Pélican Frisé commence à se rétablir © Bence Mate/Agami

Ne pas déranger - les radeaux qui gardent les...

Fri, 26/01/2018
Un effort considérable de conservation a récemment réussi à inverser la fortune du plus grand oiseau d'eau douce au monde. Mais pris dans les feux croisés sur un lac troublé, la nouvelle catégorie de la liste rouge du Pélican Frisé "Quasi menacé" est bien appropriée.
Pelicano-dálmata © Bence Mate/Agami

Salva-vidas – as jangadas de nidificação mantêm o...

Thu, 25/01/2018
Um enorme esforço de conservação tem vindo a reverter com sucesso o destino da maior ave de água doce do mundo. Mas, apanhado no fogo cruzado num lago problemático, a nova categoria na lista vermelha do Pelicano-dálmata, "Quase ameaçado", não poderia ser mais apropriada.
The Dalmatian Pelican is no longer globally threatened due to population increases ©  Bence Mate/Agami

Do not disturb: the life rafts keeping pelicans...

Wed, 17/01/2018
A huge conservation effort is successfully reversing the fortune of the world’s largest freshwater bird. But caught in the crossfire on a troubled lake, the Dalmatian Pelican’s new Red List category “Near Threatened” couldn’t be more appropriate
Climate change may be affecting the availability of the Snowy Owl's prey © Francais Cadien

Snowy Owl faces frosty future: classed as...

Thu, 04/01/2018
One of the more eye-catching updates in the 2017 IUCN Red List paints a worrying picture for one of the world’s most familiar species. The Snowy Owl, an Arctic-nesting species with a range that spans the northern hemisphere, has been classed as Vulnerable for the first time.
Food shortages are sending the female Antipodean Albatross (Left) on longer, and more perilous, foraging trips © Kath Walker

Two males for every female: Antipodean Albatross...

Fri, 22/12/2017
Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines.
The Black-legged Kittiwake is a symptom of a greater problem for all Atlantic birds © Colum Clarke

Cliffs lying barren: why we can't afford to...

Thu, 14/12/2017
“Out of sight, out of mind” - the alarming decline of the Black-legged Kittiwake provides a painful lesson that The High Seas – open ocean outside national jurisdiction – need urgent protection. But hope is at hand with the proposal of a new Marine Protected Area.
Cape Gannet populations have fallen by more than half in the past 50 years © Mark Anderson

The ultimate irony: Cape Gannets, famed for their...

Tue, 12/12/2017
The word “gannet” is synonymous with gluttony - but lack of food is becoming a serious problem for the Cape Gannet. This year it has been uplisted from Vulnerable to Endangered due to population declines driven by depleted fish stocks.
New Zealand's Bird of the Year, the Kea, has been uplisted to Endangered © Mark Hurrell

Red List 2017: seabirds starving, songbirds...

Tue, 12/12/2017
PRESS RELEASE: overfishing and climate change are pushing seabirds such as Black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet closer to extinction, according to the latest update on the conservation status of the world’s birds by BirdLife International for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
Northern Brown Kiwi population is stabilising, and in some areas even estimated to be growing © Neil Robert Hutton

Stars of the Red List: two kiwi species are no...

Tue, 05/12/2017
Not one, but two of New Zealand’s kiwi species are in recovery thanks to nearly 30 years of egg rearing, predator control, and community devotion.
Once super-abundant, the Yellow-breasted Bunting is now listed as Critically Endangered  © Sergey Yeliseev

Is the Yellow-breasted Bunting the next Passenger...

Tue, 17/10/2017
Wide-scale, unchecked hunting has, in the space of just three decades, driven frightening declines in two widespread bunting species, on both sides of the Eurasian landmass. Armed with our scientific findings, the BirdLife Partnership is now working to help buntings recover.

Saving the Egyptian Vulture – Have your say!

Tue, 24/01/2017
As part of the EU LIFE+ project ‘The Return of the Neophron’, a public consultation exercise on its plan to save the Egyptian Vulture has just been launched.
No photographs of a live Cryptic Treehunter have been made public. Above, the similar looking Alagoas Foliage-gleaner © Ciro Albano

Cryptic by name, cryptic by nature

Thu, 22/12/2016
The Cryptic Treehunter is so elusive, researchers are not even sure it still exists anymore. What other species are we losing before they can even be discovered?

Grey Parrot fading from Africa's rainforests

Thu, 08/12/2016
It’s one of the most recognisable pet birds in the world. And it’s also the latest species to join the Red List’s dreaded Endangered club. What went wrong for the Grey?

2016 Red List: great news for island endemics,...

Thu, 08/12/2016
Today, the health of the world's 10,000+ bird species was revealed with the publication of the 2016 Red List. There are reasons to cheer, but also reasons for concern.

How do you save a species that is almost...

Tue, 12/04/2016
It took conservationists four years of research and hard work before their cameras spotted the Critically Endangered Balkan Lynx for the first time. Now, research may be its biggest saviour.

National Red List book for Nepal's birds...

Wed, 09/03/2016
A new publication that features the first assessment of Nepal’s birdlife based on IUCN Red List criteria was launched at an event at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) on 26 February. The six-volume publication is now also freely available online as an invaluable conservation tool.