A new report says a quarter of the world’s birds facing extinction are from the Pacific region.
BirdLife International has presented the Important Bird Areas in the Pacific report to the Secretartiat of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Apia.
The four year study lists endangered birds in Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Palau, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Samoa.
A study is also under-way on endangered bird life in the Cook Islands.
Altogether there are 190 birds on the critically endangered list and 44 of those are in the Pacific region.
“Many of the problems that exist in the Pacific are exacerbated because the islands are very small, the habitat is very fragmented, and very vulnerable to issue like habitat loss and issues also like climate change, ” said David Sheppard, director of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme.