122 species of Colombian bird face extinction, says new report

 Chestnut-capped Piha was only discovered in 1999, but despite having a reserve dedicated to its preservation is still Endangered. Photo: Andres Cuervo (commons.wikimedia.org)

Chestnut-capped Piha was only discovered in 1999, but despite having a reserve dedicated to its preservation is still Endangered. Photo: Andres Cuervo (commons.wikimedia.org)

A new study, The State of the Birds in Colombia 2014 – produced by a leading conservation group in Colombia, Fundación ProAves – reports that decades of deteriorating ecosystem conditions have led to 122 of the country’s 1,903 bird species now facing extinction.

“Our findings are troubling because these deteriorating avian conditions are occurring in Colombia, an area viewed by many as perhaps the richest country for birds in the world,” said Alonso Quevedo, Executive Director of ProAves. “Of equal importance, these findings provide an important warning about threats to our water, air and other natural resources and suggest that the health of our environment has clearly diminished.” Continue reading

Could Rare Bird on Tiny Island Be India’s Ecological Canary?

There are just 350 to 400 Narcondam hornbills left, in a range of under 2.7 square miles (7 square kilometers).

There are just 350 to 400 Narcondam hornbills left, in a range of under 2.7 square miles (7 square kilometers).

A little over a month after India’s new government came to power, conservationists have begun worrying that the administration may be less than committed to protecting some of the country’s environmental treasures.

Within days of the election, the government granted clearances to several defense projects that had been pending for years due to potential environmental impacts. The environment minister, Prakash Javadekar, also declared that projects relating to national security would be given expedited clearances. Continue reading

RSPB fears thousands of rare birds died in winter storms ’caused by climate change’

Puffin: Suffering as their main food source, the sand eel, moves away in search of cooler water

Puffin: Suffering as their main food source, the sand eel, moves away in search of cooler water

Thousands of rare seabirds died in the extreme winter weather, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) who fear the storms were caused by climate change.

The charity’s experts blame the “deaths on a scale unprecedented in living memory” on a combination of sea warming and winter storms. Continue reading

Greenpeace calls for Galilee Basin halt until threat to rare birds is assessed

The endangered black-throated finch. Photograph: ABC

The endangered black-throated finch. Photograph: ABC

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, must demand a coal company halt plans to conduct seismic surveys in the Galilee Basin, Greenpeace has said, so the government can make an environmental assessment of “substantial threats” to an endangered species of finch. Continue reading

Bangalore: Habitat destruction makes rare birds rarer

1925698Development is taking its toll on birds, and it is getting worse every year. Fifteen bird species that are found in India have been declared ‘Critically Endangered’ in the just released IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

If that’s not all, three other bird species now face greater danger than before. These have been uplisted to Near Threatened (NT) and Vulnerable (VU) categories. Earlier, these were better off and classified under the Least Concern (LC) category by IUCN.

Four of these birds can be found in various parts of Karnataka: great Indian bustard, Indian vulture, red-headed vulture and white-backed vulture. Continue reading

Trust aims to bring back rare birds to Staffordshire

The trust hopes to turn the quarry into a nature reserve with a large reed bed, to encourage bitterns to breed

The trust hopes to turn the quarry into a nature reserve with a large reed bed, to encourage bitterns to breed

A wildlife trust is aiming to bring back rare bitterns to Staffordshire by spending £25,000 on buying a quarry.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust wants to buy 130-acre (5.2 sq km) Tucklesholme Quarry, near Barton-under-Needwood, and turn it into a nature reserve.

So far the trust, which has been fundraising since early November, has raised £18,000 for the project. Continue reading