Archive for BirdLife International
Results revealed today show that Manu (Société d’Ornithologie de Polynésie: BirdLife in French Polynesia) has won a public vote to become the first BirdLife People’s Choice Award. However, celebrations were short-lived as new threats from invasive species and heavy rain threaten the last 10 breeding pairs in the world. Continue reading
BirdLife’s UK Partner, the RSPB, is launching a new initiative, the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science – which includes an online science hub – dedicated to discovering solutions to 21st century conservation problems, reinforcing the BirdLife Partnership as a world leader in conservation. Continue reading
Government of São Tomé e Príncipe unveils conservation plans for saving some of the most threatened birds in Africa
The Director of Environment, Mr. Arlindo E Carvalho, on Monday 17 February 2014 launched the São Tomé e Príncipe International Species Action Plans for Critically Endangered bird species in the country. Continue reading
In a significant expansion of its vulture conservation programme, BNHS (BirdLife in India), in association with Rio Tinto and BirdLife International, is to establish a 30,000 km2 Vulture Safe Zone in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for this joint project was signed on the 23 January in the presence of BNHS and Rio Tinto officials at BHNS’s headquarters, Hornbill House in Mumbai. Continue reading
The Mauritian offshore islands, especially Round Island and Serpent Island, play an important role in supporting some of the largest breeding colonies of seabirds in the Indian Ocean. However, many seabird populations are facing escalating threats and declines, and moves to protect breeding colonies are becoming increasingly necessary. Continue reading
Birdwatchers around the world are invited to help gather crucial information as part of a free, fun, and family-friendly event taking place February 14-17, 2014. Continue reading
The controversial wind farm proposed for Lesotho’s Maluti-Drakensberg has received the go-ahead from the Lesotho Government. Conservationists are concerned that this decision does not bode well for the future of vultures in the region or for the reputation of the fledging wind energy industry in southern Africa. Continue reading
The notorious power line from Port Sudan to the Red Sea coast, which is estimated to have electrocuted hundreds and perhaps thousands of Endangered Egyptian Vultures Neophron percnopterus since its construction in the 1950s, has been switched off. Continue reading
The Royal Government of Cambodia has declared the creation of the Siem Pang Protected Forest. Covering an area of 66,932 hectares, the new Protected Forest covers almost half the Western Siem Pang Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. Continue reading
One of the world’s least known (and frankly, strangest looking) birds has been photographed on the Samoan island of Savai’i by researchers.
The sighting of the young Tooth-billed Pigeon Didunculus strigirostris, by a team from the the Samoan Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), is the first confirmed sighting in almost a decade.
Tooth-billed Pigeon or Manumea, as it is locally known, is endemic to Samoa and is the country’s national bird. BirdLife lists it as Endangered due to its small, fragmented range and population. It has declined rapidly over the last 20 years as a result of hunting and habitat loss. However, the lack of recent records may mean its status needs to be reassessed.
Tooth-billed Pigeon, image courtesy Birdlife International
Moeumu Uili, who is leading the team of researchers with funding from the Conservation Leadership Programme, tells the story from the 9th December:
One of the team, Fialelei, went outside to hang his wet clothes on the line. He heard a noise that attracted his attention. He looked up the tree and saw a bird sitting up high on one of the tree branches. We got our binoculars and camera and started searching for the hooked bill which is the bird’s distinguishing feature. I started taking as many pictures as I could before the bird flew off. A closer look using binoculars and we knew we had found it, the rare Manumea. Everyone had questioned whether the bird still existed. Now we know it is still alive.”
The next step for the researchers is to survey Samoa’s southern island, Upolu, where some anecdotal reports have been collected. More fieldwork is needed to get the full picture, they say.
“The MNRE has been very concerned for this species. It’s a great relief that, with support for training and funding through CLP they have undertaken these surveys and had such a positive outcome. Now to work out what we can do to save the species”, said Mark O’Brien, BirdLife’s Senior Conservation Officer in the Pacific.