News Migratory Birds

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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!
The Egyptian Vulture was once nicknamed the "Pharaoh's Chicken" © BirdLife Europe

World’s only tool-using vulture risks being lost...

Thu, 28/02/2019
Hailed for its intelligence and majesty, the Egyptian Vulture was admired and worshipped throughout history. But decimated by poisoning, electrocution and illegal trophy hunting, the bird that was once an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph is now Endangered. Can we save it before it’s too late?
The White Stork nests rooftops and has become an iconic part of human life © BirdLife Europe

Bird that solved migration mystery now illegally...

Tue, 26/02/2019
The White Stork, known in folklore as the bringer of babies to new parents, played a fascinating role in the discovery of bird migration. But now its migration is plagued by illegal killing. BirdLife Partners along its route are working hard to prevent this – and you can help.

Flight for Survival - Spring Migration 2019

Mon, 25/02/2019
This spring, BirdLife is telling the spectacular migratory stories of seven iconic birds – exposing the illegal threats they face along the African-Eurasian flyway.
The Chinese Egret relies on the mangroves and mudflats as a refuelling site on migration © JJ Harrison

Great news for Singapore shorebirds: new...

Mon, 29/10/2018
This month, wetlands containing one of Singapore’s last remaining mangroves have secured protection after years of concerted advocacy. This move will benefit globally threatened birds such as the Chinese Egret and Straw-headed Bulbul.
Bird watching in Djouj National Bird Park, Senegal

Children across Africa unite to celebrate World...

Wed, 19/09/2018
Just as birds fly the length of Africa on their migration, so the love of birds forms a chain linking different schools in different countries across the continent. On the 12th of May, each school celebrated World Migratory Bird Day in their own unique way. Here are just a few.
Observation des oiseaux dans le Parc National des oiseaux du Djouj, Sénégal

Un engagement fort des enfants africains pour la...

Wed, 19/09/2018
La réserve ornithologique de Kalissaye se distingue par son engagement avec les enfants. L’aire protégée a lancé son 48h chrono pour unifier les voix autour des oiseaux migrateurs. Des séances de vulgarisation et la diffusion de films environnementaux ont été proposées dans les locaux de la réserve