Two bird species saved from extinction

Some good news for Monday: Two bird species have been removed from the critically endangered list, Birdlife International announced in a press statement. It is a direct result of conservation efforts, it continued.

The Northern Bald Ibis, widespread across North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe, dwindled to an all-time low of just 59 pairs. Experts point to habitat loss, hunting and pesticides as the cause of alarm.

It was among the 222 bird species listed as critically endangered, but this year’s assessment found that thanks to conservation measures, the Northern Bald Ibis’ population has risen to a modern-day record of 147 breeding pairs.

It is still considered endangered, but the Northern Bald Ibis’ status has vastly improved.

The Pink Pigeon brings better news: In 1990, there were only 10 wild individuals, forcing groups to list it as critically endangered.

After a combination of solutions — captive breeding programmes and intensive conservation in the field — its population has improved to 300, allowing conservationists to downlist the Pink Pigeon to Endangered.

This year, its threat status has improved to simply Vulnerable, with a stable wild population of 400 individuals.

It’s not all good though. In Southeast Asia, seven Hornbill species have been uplisted to higher threat categories, and the Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus, also native to Southeast Asia, is now considered Critically Endangered.

Birdlife International is the world’s largest conservation Partnership. There are 117 Birdlife partners, one per country, with Haribon Foundation as the Philippine partner. — LA, GMA News

 

Credits to GMA News

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