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Jordanian authorities seize 7,000 dead birds in largest recorded hunting violation

Hunter, a gov’t employee, to be fined JD20-25 for every bird killed By Hana Namrouqa – Oct 05,2016 AMMAN — Authorities on Wednesday announced the seizure of 7,000 dead birds in the largest hunting violation ever recorded in the Kingdom. The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and the Rangers caught the hunter and confiscated the dead birds …

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The Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

By Fouad Itani The Western Marsh Harrier is the largest harrier from the Accipitridae family. It measures 53 cm in length, with a wingspan of 132 cm, and an average weight of 600 g. The plumage color varies between sexes. The adult male is dark brown with yellow streaks on its breast and pale-grey head and wings. Females and immature 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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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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Lead: bad for birds and people

By Wouter Langhout Lead is bad for you. Already in Roman times, people were apparently experiencing the harmful effects of consuming lead, which was then used as a sweetener for wine. Logically, over time, the use of lead has become more and more restricted, and its use in gasoline and jewellery is banned in the EU. However, other uses of lead …

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Shock and… understand: a strategy to end the Illegal Killing of Birds

By Luca Bonaccorsi, Birdlife.org Exhausted migratory birds are trapped in glue, in agony from thirst and exhaustion. Squeezed to death, tangled in fine nets, millions are massacred this way every year before they can reach their breeding grounds. In an Egyptian market, ducks and orioles with broken wings are carried on a merchant’s back alive before being killed by knife. …

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New study reveals over 75% of bird killing and trapping in Egypt is illegal

Nature Conservation Egypt (BirdLife in Egypt) and the BirdLife International Secretariat released today a study on the socio-economic drivers of hunting and trapping practices in Egypt . With an estimated 6 million birds killed and trapped illegally every year, Egypt is one of the most dangerous places for migratory birds in the Mediterranean, followed by Italy and Lebanon. BirdLife International …

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Preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean

The scientific paper on illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean titled “Preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean” was  published online in the journal Bird Conservation International. Bird Conservation International / Volume 26 / Issue 01 / March 2016, pp 1-28 Copyright © BirdLife International 2016 This is an Open Access article, …

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Eight million birds killed illegally at 20 Mediterranean locations each year

By Stuart Butchart, Birdlife.org Scientists from BirdLife International estimate that 20 locations in the Mediterranean may be responsible for eight million individual birds being illegally killed or taken alive each year. In the paper Preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean published this week in the scientific journal Bird Conservation International, the authors …

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Slaughter of the song birds

Songbirds are a culinary delicacy in Cyprus — but catching and eating them is illegal. Even so, the practice is on the rise and could be threatening rare species. Shaoni Bhattacharya It wasn’t until I saw the blade glinting in the sunlight that I realized how grave the situation was. Broad and belligerent in army fatigues, the man strode along …

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