The annual update draws on our most recent case studies to profile the key developments in bird science and conservation over the last year.
Taking the pulse of the planet
Birds are better known and more widely studied than any other group of animals. They are popular and engaging, can be found in all countries, are generally easy to detect, identify and count, and their populations react to changes in the environment. This makes them excellent “ecological indicators”—by collating and analysing bird data, we not only understand their condition, but are also afforded an unparalleled insight into the health of the natural world as a whole. In effect, birds enable us to “take the pulse of the planet”.
BirdLife’s long-running State of the World’s Birds series brings together and effectively communicates the latest scientific research on the state of the planet, the pressures on nature, and the solutions needed to conserve species and habitats. Our flagship State of the World’s Birds publication gives a global perspective, while our series of national State of the Birds reports provide insight into the status of birds and biodiversity in specific countries. In addition, over 300 case studies are available on the BirdLife Data Zone, providing a comprehensive overview of current and emerging conservation issues. These resources are used to influence global policy and inform on-the-ground conservation action.
State of the World’s Birds on the Data Zone
Our 300+ case studies synthesise the work and knowledge of the BirdLife Partnership, as well as leading researchers and conservationists from around the globe.
Spotlights bring together case studies relevant to a particular issue, such as climate change, forests, the marine environment, and illegal killing of birds.
Latest State of the World’s Birds publications
State of the World’s Birds is BirdLife International’s flagship science publication, using birds to assess the condition of our ecosystems as a whole. Five years in the making, this latest analysis of the scientific literature pinpoints the major trends and changes in bird populations, exploring the causes and identifying conservation solutions.
Africa is rich in biodiversity. It is home to a quarter of the global biodiversity and hosts the world’s largest intact mammal population. Of the 2,477 bird species in Africa, 1,400 (57%) are endemic to the continent. A network of 1,248 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) has been identified in Africa, covering a combined area of two million km2, roughly seven per cent of the continent