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Flying into danger: around 1 in 5 Great Indian Bustards die on powerlines every year © Devesh Gadhavi

New India powerline ruling is lifeline for...

Wed, 14/07/2021
The Great Indian Bustard is on the brink of extinction. Collision with powerlines is the biggest threat – but hope is at hand. This year, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that all powerlines should be taken underground at its breeding stronghold – a lifeline for this and many other bird species.
The enigmatic Sociable Lapwing has been the focus of international research and conservation efforts since 2005 © Rob Sheldon

Global research uncovers mysteries of rare...

Wed, 16/06/2021
Thanks to extensive research over the last 15 years, the Sociable Lapwing has gone from one of the world’s more obscure waders to one of its most studied, and it is now widely regarded as a flagship species for the conservation of the Central Asian steppes. We take a look at the work that has uncovered its mysteries and begun to conserve it.
100,000 migrating Amur Falcons congregate at Doyang Reservoir every year © Touhid Biplob

Meet the Indian villages battling adversity to...

Wed, 09/06/2021
100,000 migrating Amur Falcons pass through Nagaland every year. Even as the world grapples with COVID-19, two villages in India are holding strongly to their commitment to protect the birds and nature around them.
One team works with the community to protect unique wildlife of Rapa, French Polynesia © Fred Jacq

Meet the 2021 Conservation Leadership Programme...

Wed, 19/05/2021
BirdLife is proud to be part of the Conservation Leadership Programme, a partnership that directs funding and training to early career leaders from developing countries who are tackling pressing conservation challenges. Discover some of this year’s winning projects.
The White-rumped Vulture (Critically Endangered) is now on the increase in Nepal © Wade Tregaskis / Flickr

Celebrating 10 years of saving Asia’s vultures...

Thu, 15/04/2021
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.
The Indian Skimmer uses its enlarged lower beak to pick up aquatic prey from the water surface © Sriram Bird Photographer / Shutterstock

Red List update: a glimmer of hope for the Indian...

Thu, 11/03/2021
Once found across South Asia, the Indian Skimmer is now restricted to a few key sites across India and Bangladesh – hence its recent classification as Endangered. Now, new evidence that the bird travels across borders indicates we’re only skimming the surface of what needs to be done…
The Red-legged Partridge is now Near Threatened due to over-hunting and habitat loss © Pierre Dalous

Red List 2020: seven things you might have missed

Fri, 18/12/2020
The carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” may soon need to become one verse shorter as a European partridge is listed as Near Threatened. Meanwhile, paradise is restored for one flycatcher, proving that conservation can achieve great things. Explore these and more in our round-up of fascinating under-the-radar findings from this year’s Red List update…
Egyptian Vulture © Ivostyle / Shutterstock

5 ways we've helped vultures in the past 5...

Tue, 03/11/2020
When our first campaign to save African vultures started in 2015, global awareness and political recognition of these majestic raptors were in their infancy. Discover just a few examples of the fantastic achievements that BirdLife supporters helped to kick-start, and find out how you can help us step up our action to the next level.

Press release: Over 100 000 citizens demand the...

Mon, 28/09/2020
Citizens from around the world are demanding that the right to a clean, healthy environment is made a Universal Human Rights. Over 100 000 people have signed the petition.
Red-headed Vultures © Bjorn Olesen

Landmark policy resolution creates new hope for...

Wed, 02/09/2020
A new international agreement could prove a major step forward towards our mission of ensuring vultures are safe from poisoning across their entire range.

Indian Quarries attract birds

Thu, 16/07/2020
In a recent study 117 bird species, six of which are endemic to the subcontinent, wer

Wetlands ablaze: oil well leak causes major...

Tue, 30/06/2020
A major gas leak and blowout at the Baghjan oil field, in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, has severely damaged the nearby wetlands of Maguri-Motapung and polluted the tributaries of the Brahmaputra River, as well as adjacent areas of the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
El Rincon Stream Frog © H. Povedano

Announcing 2020's Conservation Leadership...

Thu, 04/06/2020
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Conservation Leadership Programme Team Awards. This year's award-winning projects will help make great strides towards saving a wide diversity of threatened species across the world.
Great Indian Bustard © Nayan Khanolkar

Great Indian Bustard gets new level of protection

Tue, 02/06/2020
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.
Birdwatchers' sightings were found to be an accurate way to measure bird populations © Nicolas Mirguet / Flickr

15,000 birdwatchers contribute to first major...

Wed, 19/02/2020
The first ever full report on the state of India’s birds was released this week, made using data collected from over 15,000 birdwatchers across the country. Increases in Indian Peafowl and declines in raptors are among the major findings.
A global map of animal migrations

How we’re connecting the dots at the Convention...

Thu, 13/02/2020
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.
Indian Skimmers © Dhairya Jhaveri

Meet the river guardians watching over Indian...

Tue, 17/12/2019
In India, an innovative community conservation experiment is helping to safeguard the globally threatened Indian Skimmer’s nesting colonies from free-ranging dogs and trampling cattle.
The "baby shower"-style hatching ceremony drew media attention © Aranyak

The Adjutant Army: an all-female campaign for an...

Mon, 25/03/2019
A gangly, bald, leathery bird with a penchant for eating garbage, the Greater Adjutant’s unconventional appearance has brought it to the edge of extinction. But in India, an all-female group of conservationists is fighting to clear its name.