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New project tackles illegal trade in vulture body parts News 22 May 2019
Across Africa, vultures are being captured and their body parts traded for belief-based use such as traditional medicine. This is putting additional pressure on a group of birds already threatened with extinction. Now, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation is tackling this complex issue head-on.
Common Hill Mynah chicks - this native species is illegal to sell in India © Abrar Ahmed
Uncovered: India’s illegal wild bird trade hub News 30 July 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.
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 Javan Pied Starling News 9 July 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 thanks to your support News 1 July 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 past year News 24 June 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.
Griffon vulture from reintroduction program in flight at Jbel Moussa © Rachid Elkhamlichi
Griffon Vultures are breeding in Morocco after 40-year absence News 7 June 2021
The Griffon Vulture is once again breeding Morocco after 40 years, thanks to a reintroduction program undertaken by the Water and Forestry Department in partnership with GREPOM/BirdLife Maroc.
Vets treated Anahita for 13 pellet wounds © SPNL
Shot down but saved: the inspiring story of Anahita the Egyptian vulture News 3 May 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.
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 species trapped across Asia News 19 April 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 from extinction News 15 April 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.
Staff have been been monitoring water quality at Tonle Sap Great Lake © NatureLife Cambodia
BirdLife welcomes new Partner: NatureLife Cambodia News 31 March 2021
Despite being one of the most biodiverse countries in Asia, Cambodia had no national NGOs working directly on conservation as recently as 15 years ago. BirdLife set out to change that, and in 2004 established a country programme. Fast forward to 2021 and NatureLife Cambodia is the newest Partner in the BirdLife flock.
Captive-reared Southern Ground Hornbills are tutored by a wild alpha male © Arno Meintjes / Flickr
Latest research: Hornbills sent to school, turtle-dove hunting exposed News 23 March 2021
Join us for a bite-sized round-up of advances published in our journal Bird Conservation International. Highlights include the complexities of reintroducing hornbills to the wild, the truly devastating scale of European Turtle-dove hunting, and a newly-identified Spoon-billed Sandpiper moulting site.
With 3m wingspan, Andean Condor is one of the largest flying birds © Don Mammoser / Shutterstock
Red List update: the plight of the condor News 16 February 2021
Andean Condors are becoming increasingly scarce because of habitat loss, poisoning and persecution. They’re now considered Vulnerable as of the latest Red List update, leading us to ask: has the vulture poisoning crisis spread to the Americas?