07 Jun '12, 12am

The 2012 Red List for Birds. Big changes

The 2012 Red List for Birds. Big changes

Deforestation in the Amazon has led to the uplisting of Hoary-throated Spinetail (Mikael Bauer) The risk of extinction has increased substantially for nearly 100 species of Amazonian birds, reveals the 2012 IUCN Red List update for birds released by BirdLife International. The new assessment is based on models projecting the extent and pattern of deforestation across the Amazon. “We have previously underestimated the risk of extinction that many of Amazonia’s bird species are facing”, said Dr Leon Bennun, BirdLife’s Director of Science, Policy and Information. “However, given recent weakening of Brazilian forest law, the situation may be even worse than recent studies have predicted.” Of particular concern are longer-lived species, such as Rio Branco Antbird Cercomacra carbonaria , for which even moderate rates of deforestation can be important. Some species, such as Hoary...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/community/2012/06/threat-to-the-a...

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