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Happy #WorldWildlifeDay! For the occasion, we decode the secret language of birds 🎶

By Lipu & Alice Paone When we talk about birdsong, we cannot simply refer to a single “voice”. It is a great chorus of complex sounds, it is a real language in itself. The dry “teak” of a sparrow, the plaintive “gheck gheck gheck” of a woodpecker, the shrill “chirrip” of a lark – each sound has its own purpose …

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States must fulfil human rights obligations in protecting biodiversity, UN expert urges

Governments around the world are being urged by a United Nations expert to fulfil their human rights obligations to protect the world’s irreplaceable plants and animals. Speaking ahead of World Wildlife Day on Friday 3 March, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox, said: “The rapid loss of biological diversity around the world should …

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10 amazing birds that have gone extinct

By Irene Lorenzo 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 …

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Stop illegal seagulls killing in Lebanon

Lebanese environmental groups condemned the hunting of seagull off Beirut’s southern shores, near the Rafik Hariri International Airport. Our birds deserve safer flyways. To tackle these threats, conservation efforts need to be scaled up at the worst locations we have identified, coupled with effective and well-coordinated local, regional and national advocacy. Images and a video have circulated online showing what is believed to …

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New year, new birds: 10 newly-recognised species

By Alex Dale 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 …

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The Chukar Partridge (Alectoris chukar)

By Fouad Itani, The Chukar Partridge is a large game bird from the pheasant family. It measures 35 cm in length, with a wingspan of 80 cm, and an average weight of 550g. The Chukar is a grey partridge with striking black stripes on its sides and a black band across its forehead. Its eyelids, bill, feet and legs are …

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The Palestine sunbird (Cinnyris osea)

By Fouad Itani The Palestine sunbird (Cinnyris osea) is a very attractive small passerine bird of the sunbird family measuring only 11cm long, with a wingspan of 15cm, and an average weight of 7g. During the breeding season the dark male has a metallic black, green and blue plumage with occasional orange tufts on the breast sides.  Whereas the female and juveniles have …

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Birds in a changing world

By Ariel Brunner, Yesterday, I shared my impressions from the first day of the Bird Numbers 2016 conference and some first insights into the health of our continent emerging from the impressive body of data being put together by EBCC scientists and the thousands of volunteers counting birds around Europe. My first thought, at the end of a long day …

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What do birds tell us about the health of our environment?

By Ariel Brunner, I’m currently in Halle, Germany, following the works of “BirdNumbers 2016”. If it sounds nerdy, it’s because it is. The conference brings together scientists, from all over Europe and beyond, who dedicate themselves to counting birds. Birds are by far the best understood component of our natural world, to a large extent due to the remarkable work …

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The Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza Hortulana)

By Fouad Itani, The Ortolan bunting (Emberiza hortulana) is a small passerine bird of the bunting family Emberizidae. It measures 17 cm in length and has an average weight of 23 g. The male is greenish with a yellow streaked throat and upper part, as well as orange underparts. The female is much duller with a finely streaked crown and upper breast. Ortolans are …

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