News Migratory Birds

Indian Quarries attract birds

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

Spring Alive is here: how HeidelbergCement...

Thu, 18/06/2020
With summer unfolding as we’d expect, with buds maturing and  timid flowers awakening
50% of the world's Spoon-Billed Sandpipers (Critically Endangered) overwinter here © Yann Muzika

Myanmar shorebirds get four-fold expansion in...

Fri, 03/04/2020
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.
Beaches, mangroves and reefs have all been contaminated © TV BrasilGov

Full impact of mysterious Brazil oil spill...

Thu, 20/02/2020
Last summer, an oil spill of unknown origin hit Brazil’s northeast coast – just as migrating shorebirds arrived in the area. Our Partner SAVE Brasil has been campaigning for action and striving to measure the impact on birds - but more support is urgently needed.
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.
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Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day across Africa

Fri, 15/11/2019
The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), celebrated every year in May and October seeks to raise awareness on migratory birds and the need to conserve them. These birds travel over thousands of kilometres, in search of suitable conditions for feeding and breeding.
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…
Eurasian Golden Oriole © Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH / Shutterstock

The Killing Crisis

Thu, 26/09/2019
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.
Collared Sand Martin © Frank Vassen

Discover the Collared Sand Martin's unique...

Mon, 09/09/2019
Migratory birds are arriving in Africa, and now there’s a new Spring Alive species to look out for - the Collared Sand Martin. Discover its unique relationship with quarries, and find out how one particular extraction company is making sure this species is safe at their sites.

Flying into the face of danger

Wed, 12/06/2019
Shooting, trapping, poisoning – an average of 24 million birds are illegally slaughtered in the Mediterranean each year as they attempt their perilous migratory journey between Africa and Europe.
Saiga populations have plummeted from millions to under 130,000 © Victor Tyakht

New partnership to protect underdog species from...

Mon, 03/06/2019
Four leading NGOs have joined forces through Restore Species to tackle illegal and unsustainable hunting, trade, and poisoning of animal species worldwide.
Spot the difference: the Steppe Whimbrel is identified by its white underwings © Callan Cohen & Gary Allport

Migration route of secretive Steppe Whimbrel...

Mon, 29/04/2019
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...

Mon, 08/04/2019
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.
Whether a Common Quail migrates or not is determined by its genes © BirdLife Europe

This shy bird can escape a birdwatcher’s eye, but...

Thu, 21/03/2019
Despite its attempts to live a secretive life, the migration route of the endearingly rotund Common Quail leaves it subject to illegal trapping. Action is needed - with your help we can halt their decline and protect many other bird species at the same time.
Eurasian Blackcaps are illegally lured towards traps using recordings of their song © BirdLife Europe

Netted, glued and eaten whole – can we keep this...

Tue, 19/03/2019
The Eurasian Blackcap’s beautiful song has inspired humanity for centuries. But in Cyprus today, it is silenced by industrial-level illegal trapping using invisible nets or glue sticks: all to fuel an unlawful trade in local delicacies, run by organised criminals. Could education be the solution?
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Obituary: Dr Lew Young, CEO of East Asian-...

Fri, 15/03/2019
The late Dr Young was a passionate conservationist whose work has greatly contributed to strengthening the conservation and management of wetlands across Asia.
Large, flat planes of glass are especially dangerous to birds © John McHugh / Flickr

How can we REALLY prevent birds from flying into...

Mon, 11/03/2019
Why do birds collide with windows, and how can we help? We explore the science behind bird collisions and dispel some common myths about how to prevent them, shining a spotlight on exciting projects across the world that are making a real difference. And you can join in!