Humans Can Help Save Most Threatened Bird Species

A study conducted by University of East Anglia conservationists in Western Siem Pang in Cambodia suggests that humans are key to saving the world’s most threatened bird species, the white-shouldered ibis. The study, which was published in the journal Animal Conservation, reveals that traditional small-scale farming, including livestock grazing, creates exactly the type of habitat that appeals to the waterbirds: open, accessible areas with low vegetation and bare soil. See the full story at Less than 250 of the birds are estimated to survive in the world. At least 161 of the birds were recently counted in Western Siem Pang, the largest number of the birds ever recorded, thus confirming that the area is the most important habitat for the species. Western Siem Pang is home to several other critically endangered bird species, including giant ibis, white-rumped vulture, slender-billed vulture, and red-headed vulture. See the full story about the recent ibis census at BirdLife International.


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