12 Percent of All Bird Species Facing Extinction


According to a news release put out by the Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature 1,227 species of bird, or 12 percent of all bird species, face extinction. 192 of those species are listed as critically endangered.

It isn’t all bad news for birds with three species, the Chatham Petrel (New Zealand), the Mauritius Foly (Mauritius), and Lear’s Macaw (Brazil) being reclassified as endangered rather than critically endangered.

“It is extremely worrying that the number of critically endangered birds on the IUCN red List continues to increase, despite successful conservation initiatives around the world,” said IUCN Species Survival Commission chairman Simon Stuart.


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