News Preventing Extinctions

Suzanne Medina and son release a Guam Rail into the wild © Guam Department of Agriculture

How did the Guam Rail come back from extinction...

Mon, 20/01/2020
After more than 30 years, the Guam Rail is back: breeding naturally beyond the confines of captive breeding enclosures – making it only the second bird species ever to recover from extinction in the wild. How did conservationists do it, and what can we learn about the threat of introduced predators?

La batalla por proteger al Zamarrito Pechinegro,...

Mon, 20/01/2020
El Zamarrito Pechinegro (Eriocnemis nigrivestis), es un colibrí endémico de Ecuador, en Peligro Crítico. Hace más de una década, Aves y Conservación, socio de BirdLife International, desarrolla proyectos para proteger a esta especie amenazada y su único hábitat: los bosques Alto Andinos.
The Marsh Antwren weighs around ten grams © Marco Silva

Critically Endangered antwren receives its first...

Fri, 10/01/2020
In October 2019, the Marsh Antwren was given its first ever protected area in the town of Guararema, Brazil. This tiny, Critically Endangered antbird lives in isolated populations on marshland just 50km from São Paulo, the largest city in South America.
The Blue-throated Macaw is bouncing back from the brink of extinction thanks to a special reserve in Bolivia © Asociacion Armonia

New study: conservation action has reduced bird...

Tue, 07/01/2020
We’ve all heard of species brought back from the brink of extinction, but have you ever wondered how impactful conservation actually is? A new study shows that global conservation action has reduced the effective extinction rate of birds by an astonishing 40%. But is it all good news?
During the breeding season, the Madagascar Pond-heron has white plumage and a vivid blue beak     © Gilles ADT

A world first: Six Madagascar Pond-herons fitted...

Fri, 03/01/2020
In late 2019, a team of scientists and conservationists undertook a mission to capture and fit tracking equipment to Madagascar Pond-herons. This ongoing study is building upon the knowledge of the species and will aid its conservation.
Autumn is both rice harvesting season and migration season for Yellow-breasted Bunting © oLDcaR

Bringing the ‘rice bird’ back to Hong Kong

Wed, 18/12/2019
The Yellow-breasted Bunting used to flock in its thousands across Asia’s paddy fields. Now, due to hunting and changes in farming practices, it is Critically Endangered. A new project is bringing rice paddies back to Hong Kong, along with the birds that depend on them.
Straw-headed Bulbul pair © Pixabay

A new action plan to keep the Straw-headed Bulbul...

Mon, 16/12/2019
Captured from the wild for its beautiful voice, the Straw-headed Bulbul is now Critically Endangered. But at its final stronghold in Singapore, a new collaboration between NGOs, governments and businesses could help it to stage a comeback.
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.
One of Joe Wood’s assistants, Martin Prescot, in the captive breeding program © Joe Wood

The race to save the Santa Cruz Ground-dove

Thu, 05/12/2019
When a hundred Endangered doves were illegally captured from the wild, conservationists rushed to liberate them. But where do you release a bird when its last wild refuge is a dangerous active volcano? BirdLife’s Nigel Collar recounts how the effort united the conservation world.
Cebu Flowerpecker © HBW

Meet the Lazarus Birds: 5 species once presumed...

Tue, 03/09/2019
The dramatic rediscovery of the Antioquia Brush-finch – a species unseen for almost half a century – hit the headlines this past April. However, such incredible returns, although rare, are not unheard of. We explore some of the most miraculous examples of recent times, and what they teach us about the danger of presuming a species is extinct.
The Northern Bald Ibis is no longer Critically Endangered © Fireglo / Shutterstock

Northern Bald Ibis: baldly leading the way in...

Wed, 29/05/2019
Four ibis species in three very different circumstances. All facing extinction. One, the Northern Bald Ibis, is now recovering. What does it take to turn the tables on extinction?
The Rufous-headed Robin is one of the most narrowly-distributed birds in Asia © Summer Wong

News flash: Rufous-headed Robin spotted for first...

Thu, 04/04/2019
This secretive Endangered songbird has been spotted for the first time in three years, in the cloud forests of Malaysia – a completely new habitat for this species. Could this be its formerly unknown wintering grounds?

Five ways our partners are working to prevent the...

Thu, 10/01/2019
Following the announcement of the first bird extinctions this decade, here's what BirdLife partners are doing to protect rare birds, and protect more from going extinct.

10 ways we've saved the world's rarest...

Tue, 04/12/2018
BirdLife's Preventing Extinctions Programme is celebrating its 10th anniversary. What are its 'Top 10' successes?

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.
After a short, but rough, crossing, the Raso Larks arrive safely on Santa Luzia in a waterproof box © Paul Donald / BirdLife

Ground-breaking reintroduction for Cabo Verde...

Fri, 06/07/2018
Great escape: after years of preparation, the Raso Lark (Critically Endangered) now spreads its wings on its new home of Santa Luzia – video below
The Asian Crested Ibis recovered from a population of just 12 birds © Wang LiQiang / Shutterstock

The Comeback Kids: five birds brought back from...

Mon, 21/05/2018
Conservation is working: 25 bird species have been saved from the Critically Endangered category this century alone. Read five of the most inspiring stories of birds that have recovered thanks to the dedication of conservationists and communities.
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...