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.
Named after one of the island-continent’s most fascinating endemic bird families, Asity’s founding members met at a BirdLife workshop in the 1990s.
Asity was created at a time when much of the conservation work in Madagascar was controlled by expatriates and international conservation NGOs.
Authorities in Jordan announced recently the seizure of 7,000 dead birds in the largest hunting violation ever recorded in the Kingdom of Jordan after receiving reports about a person who was in possession of large numbers of dead birds in the eastern desert. The rangers from the Royal Department for Protecting Environment and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN – BirdLife in Jordan) caught the hunter and seized the dead birds in October.
Some places are so rich in natural wonders, so extraordinary, so different from any other, so important for people, and yet so threatened, that we must pull out all the stops to save them. Madagascar is one such: an ‘island-continent’ almost as big as France, with wildlife so unlike even nearby Africa’s that it can hardly be bracketed with it, or any other region of the world.