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5 vital projects that will continue in 2020

Thu, 30/04/2020
The good thing about BirdLife is that, as a truly global organisation, we’re already great at staying connected, even when we’re thousands of miles apart. Here are just a few of the ways our work will carry on over the coming months, even if it’s from our living rooms…
Echo Parakeet female © Jacques de Speville

No longer Endangered: the Echo Parakeet’s 100-...

Fri, 24/01/2020
In this year’s Red List update, the Echo Parakeet moved from Endangered to Vulnerable – an impressive recovery for a species that once numbered just a dozen birds. But successes like this aren’t built in a day, or even a decade. Find out how Mauritius’ conservationists made it happen.
Suzanne Medina and son release a Guam Rail into the wild © Guam Department of Agriculture

How did the Guam Rail come back from extinction...

Mon, 20/01/2020
After more than 30 years, the Guam Rail is back: breeding naturally beyond the confines of captive breeding enclosures – making it only the second bird species ever to recover from extinction in the wild. How did conservationists do it, and what can we learn about the threat of introduced predators?
The Blue-throated Macaw is bouncing back from the brink of extinction thanks to a special reserve in Bolivia © Asociacion Armonia

New study: conservation action has reduced bird...

Tue, 07/01/2020
We’ve all heard of species brought back from the brink of extinction, but have you ever wondered how impactful conservation actually is? A new study shows that global conservation action has reduced the effective extinction rate of birds by an astonishing 40%. But is it all good news?
The Greater Green Leafbird is now Endangered © vil.sandi / Flickr

7 things you might have missed from the 2019 Red...

Fri, 13/12/2019
Every year, our scientists work around the clock to update the threat status of birds on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. While the amazing recovery of the Guam Rail might have taken centre stage, 2019 heralded plenty more important discoveries. From victims of climate change to exciting new information on unknown birds, here are the latest ups and downs of the avian world that might not have made the headlines.
Guam Rail © Andersen Air Force

Red List 2019: Guam Rail second bird to recover...

Tue, 10/12/2019
This year’s update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species brings with it some fantastic conservation successes, including an almost unheard of incidence of a bird species coming back from extinction in the wild. But for other species, human threats are making it harder to stage a comeback.
There are now 473 Pink Pigeons in the wild © Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

How did the Pink Pigeon bounce back from just...

Fri, 15/02/2019
The Pink Pigeon is no longer Endangered. But how did conservationists achieve this, and is it sustainable? Dr Vikash Tatayah, Conservation Director, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (BirdLife Partner) reports from the field…
The Rufous Hummingbird may not be common for much longer © Ryan Bushby

6 things you might have missed from the Bird Red...

Fri, 23/11/2018
The recovery of the Northern Bald Ibis and Pink Pigeon are big news – but what about the other birds in this year’s Red List update? Some you may recognise, others you may not, but their stories can tell us a lot about the state of the natural world. Here are the highlights.

Red List: Northern Bald Ibis, Pink Pigeon making...

Thu, 22/11/2018
Once down to just 10 individuals in the wild, Pink Pigeon populations are now stabilizing, and Northern Bald Ibis numbers are on the rise, according to BirdLife’s latest assessment of the extinction risk of the world’s birds.
In 2017, the Liberian Greenbul was reclassified as an invalid species © HBW

Solving the world’s great bird mysteries

Thu, 03/05/2018
Keen-eyed readers will note that we ‘lost’ a species in the 2017 Red List update – the Liberian Greenbul is no longer recognised as a valid species by BirdLife. But mourn not its loss: this is simply the latest in a long line of taxonomic avian mysteries to have been solved...
Straw-headed Bulbul © Lee Tiah Khee

The tiny corner of Asia where an Endangered...

Thu, 23/02/2017
Trapping has nearly proved the 'last straw' for the Straw-headed Bulbul, now extinct across much of its range. But on a tiny island, the bird is bucking global trends...

Grey Parrot fading from Africa's rainforests

Thu, 08/12/2016
It’s one of the most recognisable pet birds in the world. And it’s also the latest species to join the Red List’s dreaded Endangered club. What went wrong for the Grey?

2016 Red List: great news for island endemics,...

Thu, 08/12/2016
Today, the health of the world's 10,000+ bird species was revealed with the publication of the 2016 Red List. There are reasons to cheer, but also reasons for concern.
Scarlet Macaw © Alan Wolf

Why is the Red List so important?

Wed, 07/12/2016
Ahead of tonight's unveiling of the 2016 Red List, we take a look at why it is such an invaluable tool for determining conservation priorities.

More than a quarter of UK birds now of '...

Thu, 03/12/2015
The Curlew, Nightingale and Puffin join the growing list of threatened birds, while the Bittern and Nightjar get a reprieve in the new 'Birds of Conservation Concern' report.

From words to action – key organisations team up...

Wed, 29/05/2013
IUCN and other organisations, including BirdLife International have come together to support the achievement of a global biodiversity target to prevent further species loss.

Species from the Pacific added to IUCN Red List

Wed, 31/10/2012
New information for Pacific Island freshwater fishes, land snails and reptiles is part of the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has been released. These data indicate that 32% of these species are threatened with extinction.