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The Greater Green Leafbird is now Endangered © vil.sandi / Flickr

7 things you might have missed from the 2019 Red...

Fri, 13/12/2019
Every year, our scientists work around the clock to update the threat status of birds on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. While the amazing recovery of the Guam Rail might have taken centre stage, 2019 heralded plenty more important discoveries. From victims of climate change to exciting new information on unknown birds, here are the latest ups and downs of the avian world that might not have made the headlines.
Guam Rail © Andersen Air Force

Red List 2019: Guam Rail second bird to recover...

Tue, 10/12/2019
This year’s update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species brings with it some fantastic conservation successes, including an almost unheard of incidence of a bird species coming back from extinction in the wild. But for other species, human threats are making it harder to stage a comeback.
Pink Pigeon © Stellar Photography / Shutterstock

Why is it controversial to declare a species less...

Fri, 31/05/2019
Last year, we moved the Pink Pigeon from Endangered to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, its recovery the result of decades of conservation work. When we move a species to a lower threat category, it sounds like a cause for celebration - but why doesn’t everyone agree?
There are now 473 Pink Pigeons in the wild © Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

How did the Pink Pigeon bounce back from just...

Fri, 15/02/2019
The Pink Pigeon is no longer Endangered. But how did conservationists achieve this, and is it sustainable? Dr Vikash Tatayah, Conservation Director, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (BirdLife Partner) reports from the field…
The Rufous Hummingbird may not be common for much longer © Ryan Bushby

6 things you might have missed from the Bird Red...

Fri, 23/11/2018
The recovery of the Northern Bald Ibis and Pink Pigeon are big news – but what about the other birds in this year’s Red List update? Some you may recognise, others you may not, but their stories can tell us a lot about the state of the natural world. Here are the highlights.

Red List: Northern Bald Ibis, Pink Pigeon making...

Thu, 22/11/2018
Once down to just 10 individuals in the wild, Pink Pigeon populations are now stabilizing, and Northern Bald Ibis numbers are on the rise, according to BirdLife’s latest assessment of the extinction risk of the world’s birds.

Red List status of Mountain Gorilla and Fin Whale...

Wed, 14/11/2018
The latest release of the IUCN Red List shows that the Mountain Gorilla is no longer Critically Endangered, and the Fin Whale no longer Endangered. However, many species, including fish and trees, are still suffering from over-exploitation.

Red List update: Australian reptiles in crisis,...

Fri, 06/07/2018
Climate change and invasive species don’t just impact birds – the latest update to the IUCN Red list of threatened species shows that they are a growing threat to Australia’s unique reptiles. However, the update also revealed good news for four South American amphibians assumed to be extinct.
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™.