Migratory Birds & Flyways Projects

The arid zones of the Sahel Photo: Danae Sheehan
Living on the Edge: improving migratory bird habitats and livelihoods in the Sahel Project 19 September 2013
Around the world, many migratory bird species are sharply declining in numbers, and these declines are indicative of the threats facing the wider environment.
Migratory Soaring Birds Project 10 June 2013
The Red Sea/Rift valley hosts the migration of over 2 million birds through the region, with Soaring Birds in huge flocks numbering tens of thousands migrating from wintering grounds in Africa to breeding grounds in Europe and Central Asia and vice versa along the second biggest Flyway in the world.
Great Indian Bustard © Nayan Khanolkar
Great Indian Bustard gets new level of protection News 2 June 2020
For the world’s heaviest flying bird, the modern landscape poses many threats and dangers. Fortunately, early this year, major landmarks decided at the Convention on Migratory Species secured greater protection for the species, both on land and in the air.
50% of the world's Spoon-Billed Sandpipers (Critically Endangered) overwinter here © Yann Muzika
Myanmar shorebirds get four-fold expansion in protected wetland News 3 April 2020
One of Asia’s most important shorebird sanctuaries has just quadrupled in size thanks to years of advocacy from our Myanmar Partner. Here's how they connected insight with action to help birds on the brink and the people who live alongside them.
A global map of animal migrations
How we’re connecting the dots at the Convention on Migratory Species News 13 February 2020
This month, BirdLife is attending a major global conference uniting governments, NGOs and scientists to advance the protection of migratory species. Find out how this powerful collaboration works, and BirdLife’s aims this year.
© zilkovec / Shutterstock
Making Japan’s expanding renewable energy sector bird-safe News 18 December 2019
Like many countries, Japan is making great strides in renewable energy – but at what cost? BirdLife supports sustainable energy sources – but it’s important to locate structures like wind farms out of harm’s way. Read how our Japanese Partner is using science and advocacy to change national decisions.
Far Eastern Curlew (Endangered) resting on a floating roost © D. R. Weller Photography
South Korea’s artificial floating roosts: a lifeline for migratory shorebirds News 15 October 2019
Sea-level rise is keeping exhausted migratory shorebirds flying round and round like aeroplanes in holding patterns, with nowhere to land and rest. The solution: artificial roosts fashioned from oyster bags…
Cerulean Warbler © Ray Hennessy / Shutterstock
A glimmer of hope for the Cerulean Warbler? News 10 October 2019
A globally threatened bird with habitats shrinking at both ends of its migration route, the Cerulean Warbler’s population plummeted by 70% in 44 years. Now, its decline is slowing down – but why? We have a few theories…
Eurasian Golden Oriole © Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH / Shutterstock
The Killing Crisis News 26 September 2019
BirdLife's research has revealed that an estimated 25 million birds are illegally killed or taken each year across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caucasus. Here, we delve deeper into the shocking discoveries that galvanised our Flight for Survival campaign.
Spot the difference: the Steppe Whimbrel is identified by its white underwings © Callan Cohen & Gary Allport
Migration route of secretive Steppe Whimbrel discovered News 29 April 2019
The Steppe Whimbrel is the rarest and least understood member of the highly threatened Numeniini tribe (curlews and godwits). But considering they were believed to be extinct 25 years ago, it’s unsurprising that we know so little about them. A newly published report is beginning to fill in the gaps in our knowledge.
Anti-poaching camps give honey-buzzard sweet taste of success News 8 April 2019
The European Honey-buzzard is fearless in the face of stinging wasps and hornets - but it has no defence against illegal shooting for sport. In Italy, “anti-poaching camps” sparked an extremely successful movement which has saved thousands of honey-buzzards.
The Rufous-headed Robin is one of the most narrowly-distributed birds in Asia © Summer Wong
News flash: Rufous-headed Robin spotted for first time since 2016 News 4 April 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?