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Major population crash of Critically Endangered...

Wed, 29/09/2010
Taita Apalis Apalis fuscigularis is endemic to the Taita Hills, in south-eastern Kenya. It is one of the rarest birds in the world, surviving in only five small forest fragments at altitudes of 1,500-2,200 m. Its known global range is less than 600 ha.

African Penguin Receives U.S. Endangered Species...

Wed, 29/09/2010
A species of penguin from Africa is now protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), following the publication of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service final listing determination in today’s Federal Register.

Sociable Lapwings embark on an Amazing Journey

Tue, 24/08/2010
Following extensive research, nine Sociable Lapwings have been carefully fitted with tiny, state-of-the-art satellite transmitters, which will track their hazardous 5,000+ km journey from their breeding grounds in Kazakhstan to their non breeding areas in tropical Africa and other, as yet undiscovered, destinations.

Volunteers needed in New Caledonia for Crow...

Tue, 17/08/2010
BirdLife Pacific in New Caledonia is seeking two volunteers to assist with surveying fieldwork seeking the Critically Endangered Crow Honeyeater. The positions are due to start September 15, 2010 and volunteers would ideally be available for 1-3 months.

Workshop sets out route to save the Critically...

Wed, 04/08/2010
Cracids are the most endangered family of terrestrial birds in the Neotropics, with a third of species threatened with extinction according to IUCN criteria. Of these, three are Critically Endangered with the Trinidad Piping-guan believed to have the smallest population and range size of all extant cracids.

New population of Grey-breasted Parakeet...

Tue, 13/07/2010
A new population of the Critically Endangered Grey-breasted Parakeet (Pyrrhura griseipectus) has been found nesting in atypical habitat in the “table mountains” of Quixada, Ceará, northeastern Brazil.

Zapata Rail on the edge

Tue, 13/07/2010
Zapata Rail is a very poorly-known waterbird now confined to the Zapata Swamp in western Cuba. The bird’s elusive nature has caused confusion within the ornithological community as to its status – confusion that may have unwittingly provided a smoke screen to a very real threat that may be driving the species to extinction.

Rats, cats, pigs and mice fuelling bird...

Tue, 06/07/2010
Put together, the UK’s 16 overseas territories are fifth in the world league table of bird extinctions, with at least ten species from the territories going to oblivion since 1500AD, partially or wholly because of the impact of non-native mammals, such as rats, feral cats, mice and pigs.

Our National bird

Mon, 07/06/2010
It’s Philippine Eagle Week and it is an opportune time to know about our national bird which, incidentally is also the largest and most endangered eagle in the world.

Nepal raises vulture awareness with a diclofenac...

Tue, 01/06/2010
A diclofenac destruction programme was undertaken at the Vulture Safe Zone in Nawalparasi District of Nepal on 31st March 2010, that was organised by Bird Conservation Nepal (BirdLife Partner) and Jatayu safe zone management committee.

Alaotra Grebe extinction – Do you care?

Tue, 25/05/2010
Today we announced that Alaotra Grebe is officially extinct on the Red List. When we publicise news of threat or extinction the first question posed by the media will be: “Why should we care?” Please add your thoughts on why we should care.