Eight Stunning Birds Extinct Now

Eight Stunning Birds Extinct

Eight stunning birds extinct now.

And there was a first.

Mainland extinctions eclipse island extinctions.

One of the most beautiful extinct birds is the blue Macaw parrot.

This species gained world-wide attention after being featured in an animated movie – Rio.

So why the new trend?

Eight Stunning Birds Extinct Now

Rampant deforestation in South America.

Deforestation was harshest in Brazil due to large-scale agriculture and industrial projects.

The latest news became public after a study conducted by BirdLife International.

Find out more about the eight extinct birds.

BirdLife International is a global partnership of conservation organisations.

It strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity.

There are 121 BirdLife groups all over the world.

The study was conducted under the auspices of Stuart Buchard.

He is BirdLife’s international chief scientist.

“Ninety per cent of bird extinctions in recent centuries have been of species on islands,” says Butchart.

But now the situation has changed dramatically.

Conservationists are concerned that the next extinction driver be deforestation.

And this will come about due to unsustainable logging and agriculture.

“… our results confirm that there is a growing wave of extinctions sweeping across the continents, driven mainly by habitat loss and degradation from unsustainable agriculture and logging.”

The BirdLife International study took eight years

It analyzed 51 critically endangered bird species.

The area of the greatest concern was the Amazon region.

This is the region where many of the studied species once were abundant.

And the deforestation statistics are staggering.

The World Wildlife Fund estimates that more than 17 million hectares of forest were lost between 2001 and 2012.

And that resulted in Science Advances noting the Amazon region reached a critical ecological tipping point.

If  40 per cent of the Amazon region is deforested, scientists say the ecosystem will be irreversibly altered.

Preserving the world’s species is evident how many people are involved.

BirdLife International has more than 10 million members and supporters.

It employs almost  8,000 people with 5,000 volunteers.

Animal conservation efforts do work but it takes a concerted effort.


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