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The Yellow-naped Amazon naturally roosts in groups of hundreds © Ondrej Prosicky / Shutterstock

Polly wants a future: Yellow-naped Amazon in...

Wed, 25/08/2021
Chicks seized from the nest, birds dying in transit – the Yellow-naped Amazon’s wild population is being driven to the brink of extinction by the illegal pet trade. If we want to give this intelligent and resplendent parrot a future, we need to act now – before it’s too late.
Singapore parrot owners hold group gatherings to display and fly their birds © Tim Plowden//www.timplowden.co.uk

70% of Singapore parrot owners disapprove of wild...

Wed, 18/08/2021
New research reveals that the majority of Singapore’s growing community of pet parrot owners prefer captive-bred birds, and are concerned about the impact of the illegal wild parrot trade. If armed with knowledge, these groups have the potential to become champions for parrot conservation.
Common Hill Mynah chicks - this native species is illegal to sell in India © Abrar Ahmed

Uncovered: India’s illegal wild bird trade hub

Fri, 30/07/2021
India’s black market in wild birds may be less noticeable than in other countries, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as harmful. Our research has uncovered the sheer scale of the crisis – and also shown us what action we need to take to tackle it.
Each token represents a living bird currently residing on Cousin Island Special Reserve © Adrian Scottow

Seychelles songbird becomes world's first...

Mon, 19/07/2021
BirdLife Partner Nature Seychelles is looking for innovative ways to fund the protection of their wildlife, including the Seychelles Magpie-robin (Endangered). Today, the bird is up for sale as the first ever Digital Nature Collectible, using carbon-neutral infrastructure that expends almost zero energy.
 Clinging to existence - one of the few remaining adult Fatu Hiva monarchs © Benjamin Ignace

The race to save the last of the monarchs from...

Fri, 16/07/2021
There are only four breeding pairs of Fatu Hiva Monarchs left on earth – the tragic victims of invasive species. Our French Polynesian Partner SOP Manu knows exactly what to do, having brought a similar bird, the Tahiti Monarch, back from the brink of extinction. But they urgently need your help.
Flying into danger: around 1 in 5 Great Indian Bustards die on powerlines every year © Devesh Gadhavi

New India powerline ruling is lifeline for...

Wed, 14/07/2021
The Great Indian Bustard is on the brink of extinction. Collision with powerlines is the biggest threat – but hope is at hand. This year, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that all powerlines should be taken underground at its breeding stronghold – a lifeline for this and many other bird species.
50-100 years ago, this was one  of the commonest birds  in Java’s farmlands © Simon Bruslund

A million caged, none in the wild: freeing the...

Fri, 09/07/2021
Over a million kept as pets in Indonesian homes, yet likely none left in their natural habitat: this is the extraordinary story of the Javan Pied Starling and what it represents for the Asian songbird crisis. Thankfully, plans for breeding and reintroduction raise hopes.
The Helmeted Hornbill is now Critically Endangered due to hunting © Shutterstock

4 ways we’re fighting the illegal bird trade...

Thu, 01/07/2021
The illegal bird trade is driving Asia’s birds to extinction: but with your help, we can turn things around. Here are just a few areas where the donations of BirdLife supporters have made a real impact over the past year.
Egyptian Vulture © Edwin Butter/Shutterstock

Here’s how your support helped vultures in the...

Thu, 24/06/2021
It has been nearly nine months since we launched our appeal to save Africa's vultures. We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received, which is already making real change for these magnificent birds of prey. Here’s an update on what your donations have helped us to achieve so far.
The enigmatic Sociable Lapwing has been the focus of international research and conservation efforts since 2005 © Rob Sheldon

Global research uncovers mysteries of rare...

Wed, 16/06/2021
Thanks to extensive research over the last 15 years, the Sociable Lapwing has gone from one of the world’s more obscure waders to one of its most studied, and it is now widely regarded as a flagship species for the conservation of the Central Asian steppes. We take a look at the work that has uncovered its mysteries and begun to conserve it.
© Getbol World Heritage Promotion Team

Why the Korean Getbol tidal flats need World...

Fri, 11/06/2021
The Republic of Korea’s coastal wetlands are a vital feeding and breeding site for millions of waterbirds, including nine species that are globally threatened with extinction. This July, the World Heritage Committee will decide whether to inscribe these vital habitats onto the UNESCO World Heritage List – the most prestigious of all conservation designations.
As few as 108 Masked Finfoots remain in the wild © Sayam U Chowdhury

Plight of the finfoot unmasked

Fri, 28/05/2021
The Masked Finfoot is sliding towards extinction, its fate inextricably linked to that of Asia's forested rivers. If we are to bring this unique bird back from the brink, it's time to sit up and listen to the science.
Bassian Thrush foraging amid the burned vegetation © Tom Hunt

Australian bushfire update: hope from the ashes...

Mon, 24/05/2021
We all remember the devastation wreaked by the Australian bushfires in early 2020. But what’s been happening since then? Find out about just one of the many wildlife havens BirdLife Australia is helping to restore, thanks to the generosity of BirdLife supporters.
One team works with the community to protect unique wildlife of Rapa, French Polynesia © Fred Jacq

Meet the 2021 Conservation Leadership Programme...

Wed, 19/05/2021
BirdLife is proud to be part of the Conservation Leadership Programme, a partnership that directs funding and training to early career leaders from developing countries who are tackling pressing conservation challenges. Discover some of this year’s winning projects.
Vets treated Anahita for 13 pellet wounds © SPNL

Shot down but saved: the inspiring story of...

Mon, 03/05/2021
A young Egyptian Vulture’s first migration was brutally cut short. Thankfully, BirdLife Partners were watching over her every step of the way. Through their co-operation, they transformed an illegal hunting casualty into a story of hope.
Ruby-topaz Hummingbirds pollinate plants and keep the forest alive © Guto Balieiro

Meet the beautiful birds that are rebuilding...

Thu, 29/04/2021
Want to restore a degraded forest? Why not let the birds do the work! Find out how – with a little help from BirdLife – some of Brazil’s most threatened birds are coming back, and bringing the whole forest with them…
Near-invisible "mist nets" are often used to trap birds like this Common Kingfisher on migration © BCST

New study: at least 180 migratory land bird...

Mon, 19/04/2021
The latest research sheds new light on the plight of land birds that migrate across Asia, revealing that at least 180 species are being trapped for food, the caged bird trade and other uses – often illegally. This, together with hunting and habitat destruction, is driving widespread declines.
The White-rumped Vulture (Critically Endangered) is now on the increase in Nepal © Wade Tregaskis / Flickr

Celebrating 10 years of saving Asia’s vultures...

Thu, 15/04/2021
For the past decade, BirdLife is immensely proud to have been part of SAVE: a continent-wide collaboration to bring Asia’s vultures back from the brink. Join us in celebrating SAVE’s ground-breaking achievements over this time.