Help us save endangered species
The IUCN Red List is the most comprehensive, objective global record of the conservation status of plant and animal species. As the Red List Authority for birds, we’re pleased to see several positive stories for birds. For example, this year the Northern Bald Ibis has been ‘downlisted’ from Critically Endangered to Endangered. Its population has reached a modern day record thanks to the action of conservationists including BirdLife Partners.
Sadly it’s not all good news.
Seven hornbill species have been uplisted to higher threat categories, largely due to deforestation. Hunting is an additional threat: larger species, such as the Great Hornbill and the Rhinoceros Hornbill, are often shot when mistaken for the Helmeted Hornbill (already Critically Endangered since 2015), whose unique solid red casque is highly sought after on the black market.
The songbird trade is also having a profound impact on Southeast Asia’s birds. Birdsong competitions, which offer large monetary prizes, have led to the trapping of many species, including the Straw-headed Bulbul, which this year has been uplisted from Endangered to Critically Endangered.
But BirdLife won’t stop working to try to turn these statistics around.
We know it won’t be easy and will take time, but it can be done. The Pink Pigeon is a perfect example. In 1990, habitat loss and the introduction of invasive species such as the Black Rat had driven the pigeon’s population down to just 10 wild individuals. Now, captive breeding programmes, combined with intensive conservation in the field, have raised that number to 400, and the species has moved from Critically Endangered to Vulnerable.
Help BirdLife by supporting our Red List Appeal so we can help save more threatened birds around the globe.
The Red List is so much more than just a list. It is a tool used by conservationists worldwide, underpinning much of BirdLife’s work, from identifying key sites to conserving seabirds and migratory species. Your contribution will allow us to scale up our work to research and protect threatened species around the globe, providing a brighter future for birds, nature and local people.