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Aggregations of birds soaring upwards on thermals are known as "kettles" © Christian Gelpke

Discover the fascinating science behind bird...

Mon, 26/04/2021
One of the wonders of the natural world, migration “bottlenecks” occur where vast clouds of large soaring birds – especially raptors – concentrate at narrow land passages. Get a bird’s eye view on the science behind the world’s largest bird migration congregations.
The Great Green Macaw was classed as Critically Endangered last year © Evgeniapp / Shutterstock

Red List update: parrots of the Americas in peril

Mon, 08/02/2021
One of the planet’s most beleaguered avian groups, the neotropical parrots, took another hit in the 2020 Red List, with a further four species moved to a higher threat category. However, success stories from our American Partners show that hope remains.
The Andean Condor is now classed as Vulnerable to extinction © reisegraf.ch / Shutterstock

Red List 2020: Andean Condor heads list of...

Mon, 14/12/2020
Poisoned, poached, persecuted – iconic raptors such as the Andean Condor, Secretarybird and Martial Eagle have moved to higher threat categories in this year’s update to the IUCN Red List, sparking fears that the crisis that brought many Asian and African vultures to the edge of extinction has spread to new continents and species.
The Canada Warbler's population is declining © Steve Jones

Protecting the Canada Warbler at both ends of its...

Wed, 29/01/2020
The Canada Warbler migrates more than 10,000 kilometres a year, from Canada and the United States to the forests of South America. Find out how our Colombian Partner is using a local grassroots approach to support an Americas-wide action plan to protect the species.
Don José and his wife Nelly Lucumi never gave up on their vision © Asociación Calidris

Meet Don José: the man who turned his rice farm...

Tue, 28/01/2020
In 2004, José Jarvi Bazán chose to move from intensive rice farming to a nature-friendly approach that does not use artificial chemicals. Since then, he has become a pioneer in organic rice production in Colombia and throughout Latin America.

La Reinita de Canadá y una iniciativa de...

Fri, 17/01/2020
La Asociación Calidris lidera en Colombia una iniciativa para proteger a la Reinita de Canadá (Cardellina canadensis), un ave migratoria que viaja más de 10 mil kilómetros cada año, desde Canadá y Estados Unidos hasta los bosques de Sudamérica.
José Jarvi Bazán junto a su esposa, Nelly Lucumí, en los cultivos orgánicos. © Asociación Calidris

Don José y sus cultivos de arroz que se...

Tue, 10/12/2019
Con el apoyo de la Asociación Calidris, socia de BirdLife International en Colombia, y mediante el proyecto “Las Alas del Arroz”, cientos de aves residentes y migratorias han encontrado alimento y refugio en los cultivos de arroz orgánico de José Jarvi Bazán.
An artist's impression of the Amazon fires this summer © OSORIOartist / Shutterstock

Amazon fires: what happens next?

Thu, 21/11/2019
Images of raging forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon sparked worldwide condemnation during August. Several Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas have suffered – this in a country that had been lauded for its conversion from environmental villain to conservation hero. How has this happened?
Cerulean Warbler © Ray Hennessy / Shutterstock

A glimmer of hope for the Cerulean Warbler?

Thu, 10/10/2019
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…
Cebu Flowerpecker © HBW

Meet the Lazarus Birds: 5 species once presumed...

Tue, 03/09/2019
The dramatic rediscovery of the Antioquia Brush-finch – a species unseen for almost half a century – hit the headlines this past April. However, such incredible returns, although rare, are not unheard of. We explore some of the most miraculous examples of recent times, and what they teach us about the danger of presuming a species is extinct.
Ecuador's cloud forests are among the most rapidly deforested habitats in the world © Claudia Hermes

As the climate changes, where should we put our...

Fri, 17/05/2019
Welcome to our science showcase, where we talk to a BirdLife scientist about their recent work. This time, Dr Claudia Hermes from our Red List team talks about a new climate change toolkit which has won this year’s BioOne Ambassador Award.
This Colombian team will be using conservation to keep water clean © Jose Barros

Think millennials are apathetic about...

Fri, 12/04/2019
If you think millennials are too busy looking at their phones to care about conservation, you haven’t met these young people. Every year, we grant funding and support to young people whose new, fresh ideas are changing the way we protect the planet. Here are this year’s winners.
The Canada Warbler overwinters in Colombia © Jayne Gulbrand

Building birding trails in Colombia - before...

Thu, 29/11/2018
Peace in Colombia is attracting tourists – but also logging. Can a new generation of young birding guides protect its spectacularly species-rich habitats?
The araripe Manakin (Critically Endangered) can be found at only one site in Brazil © Ciro Albano

Nearly half of endangered species’ last refuges...

Tue, 13/11/2018
The Alliance for Zero Extinction has mapped 1,483 highly threatened species that are found only at a single site. But this major new assessment highlights the urgent need for better protection of these irreplaceable places.
The rufa Red Knot is a sub-species of Red knot that migrates through the Americas © Hans Hillewaert

Red Knots plummet by 25% in a year in Tierra del...

Mon, 09/07/2018
For a while, it looked like they might actually be in recovery. But this year’s census of the American subspecies, the rufa Red Knot, found that numbers have plummeted to an all-time low. The likely cause? Food shortages in Delaware Bay, a crucial feeding stopover site on their migration.

Red List update: Australian reptiles in crisis,...

Fri, 06/07/2018
Climate change and invasive species don’t just impact birds – the latest update to the IUCN Red list of threatened species shows that they are a growing threat to Australia’s unique reptiles. However, the update also revealed good news for four South American amphibians assumed to be extinct.
Colombia is home to 1,877 bird species, including the Andean Cock-of-the-rock © Lisa Strachan

Protecting birds through war and peace: our...

Mon, 04/06/2018
While armed conflict in Colombia may be over, an influx of illegal miners and loggers means our newest Partner’s collaborative approach to conservation has never been more important.
The Asian Crested Ibis recovered from a population of just 12 birds © Wang LiQiang / Shutterstock

The Comeback Kids: five birds brought back from...

Mon, 21/05/2018
Conservation is working: 25 bird species have been saved from the Critically Endangered category this century alone. Read five of the most inspiring stories of birds that have recovered thanks to the dedication of conservationists and communities.