23 Jan '18, 6pm

222 Bird Species Worldwide Now Critically Endangered

What do the southern red-breasted plover, ultramarine lorikeet and Rimatara reed warbler have in common? Here's the unfortunate answer: They're just a few of the bird species newly listed as critically endangered in the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . The update, released last month by BirdLife International , cites climate change and overfishing as causes of the population declines of many species, particularly seabirds. All told 222 bird species worldwide are now considered critically endangered, putting them one step above extinction. In fact, some of those species may already be gone: 21 species haven't been seen in years and are actually listed as "critically endangered, possibly extinct." The yellow-breasted bunting (Emberiza aureola ) could join that list of extinct species before too much longer. Previously considered to be of least conce...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/bird-species-critically-endanger...

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