BirdLife is proud to announce that Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World is now available to purchase. Published by Lynx Edicions in association with HBW and BirdLife International, Volume 2 chronicles the world's passerines (perching birds), and completes the most exhaustive illustrated checklist of birds ever compiled, with stunning, full-colour portraits of all the world's 10,965 extant species.
Alton Liao works on behalf of the Taiwanese Fisheries Agency, where he trains ‘fisheries observers’ – independent specialists who go out on fishing boats to monitor and record things like catch composition, accidental bycatch, safety issues and implementation of quotas and regulations. Reliable data from proactive and trained scientists and fisheries observers is key - this is why BirdLife's Marine Programme focuses on strengthening the capacity of researchers and fisheries officials, and will hopefully be of world-wide use.
It seems like the 'young guns' of Youth Africa Birding are officially up and away with their fundraising initiatives for the 2017 Champions of the Flyway race for Conservation! This year the Bandits have passed the reigns over to to a team of young South African birders who may lack experience but have enthusiasm and passion which is rivaled by few! We have no doubt that they would greatly appreciate any form of donations to their 'just giving' page.
BirdLife's science team performed a rigorous taxonomy review of all the world's birds, and discovered that previously we had underestimated the world's avian diversity by as much as 10%. Many birds previously thought races, or sub-species of other birds, were actually fully-fledged species in their own right. Among the new species are the Comoro Blue Vanga, Cyanolanius comorensis, and Lendu Crombec, Sylvietta chapini. Read this fascinating article here.
This grassland specialist is known in tiny numbers from remnant habitat patches in Ethiopia, and also formerly in Somalia. There are now fewer than 250 birds left, which is even worse than it sounds, because the species has a skewed sex ratio, so the effective population size is even smaller. This species and other extremely rare sonbirds around the globe are featured in this weeks BirdLife International Bulletin.
BirdLife International today welcomed a decision by the UN Biodiversity Conference to pursue environmental reform in the farming, forestry and fisheries sectors, but underscored the need for stronger ambition and accelerated implementation by national governments.
When a team of researchers travelled around Ghana to conduct a Grey Parrot Psittacus erithacus census, they encountered a very pronounced generation gap.
The Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative (WSFI) has produced a photographic field guide to waterbirds & seabirds of the western coast of Africa. A review was published in ABC Bull 23(2), September 2016.
Cross River National Park is a large area of lowland and submontane rainforest situated in south-east Nigeria along the border with Cameroon. The park is divided into two sections. The smaller area to the north-east, Okwangwo Division, is separated by about 50 km of disturbed forest from the larger Oban Division.
Namibia has historically been one of the worst fisheries for seabird bycatch, responsible for the deaths of around 30,000 seabirds a year, including critically endangered albatross species. However those numbers could soon be dramatically reduced, as BirdLIfe reported in September, due to the introduction of new legislation. Here's how we will ensure the new law is fully enforced.