National Reports

Australia

The State of Australia's Birds

State of Australia's Birds 2015

The State of Australia’s Birds report series is one of Australia’s most comprehensive series tracking trends in bird populations and their health. First produced in 2003, the Reports are a go-to guide on the status of Australia’s bird populations, designed to inform decision making on land management, and direct conservation and policy that affects Australia’s birds and biodiversity. Thousands of volunteer citizen scientists around Australia make these reports possible, collecting and tracking the data that is used to identify threats and solutions. Launched in July 2015, this report marks the beginning of a new era in the series, introducing the ground-breaking Australian Bird Index.

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For more information and past reports visit the BirdLife Australia website

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Bolivia

State of Bird Conservation in Bolivia

State of Bird Conservation in Bolivia 2011

Launched in early 2012, Estado de conservación de las Aves en Bolivia (State of bird conservation in Bolivia), produced by Asociación Armonía (Birdlife in Bolivia), provides a detailed assessment of the current status of the country’s avifauna. Bolivia is the sixth most bird-rich country in the world, boasting an impressive 1,422 bird species. The report examines the principal threats facing birds in the country and outlines what steps are needed to prevent further environmental degradation. Designed to appeal to a wide audience, both nationally and internationally, the report is intended to raise the profile of bird conservation amongst Bolivia’s policy makers and help mainstream biodiversity concepts into political policies.

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For more information visit the Asociación Armonía website

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Canada

State of Canada's Birds

The State of Canada's Birds 2019

The State of Canada’s Birds 2019 report draws on almost 50 years of data to describe the changing health of the country’s bird populations. Produced by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI-Canada), whose members include Birds Canada and Nature Canada (BirdLife’s Partners in Canada), the report serves as a call for conservation action, but also as a testament to what can be achieved through collaborative work.

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For more information visit the Birds Canada website

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Colombia

The State of the Birds of Colombia

The State of the Birds of Colombia 2014

Thanks to hundreds of researchers a new publication highlights the serious problems facing birds in Colombia—establishing a barometer for the state of the environment in this, the richest country for birds on earth. For the first time, The State of the Birds of Colombia evaluates the status and priorities for the conservation of Colombian birds. Unfortunately, the status of birds in the country has deteriorated rapidly over recent decades.

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For more information visit the Pro Aves website

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Fiji

Fiji State of Birds

Fiji: State of Birds 2013

Fiji’s first ever State of Birds report has been prepared by NatureFiji-MareqetiViti with the assistance of the Department of the Environment and local ornithologists. The 44-page report provides an overview of the issues facing Fiji’s birds and emphasises how useful birds are as flagships for other elements of biodiversity.

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For more information visit the NatureFiji-MareqetiViti website

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India

State of India's Birds

State of India's Birds 2020: Range, trends and conservation status

The State of India’s Birds 2020 is the first comprehensive review of the distribution and abundance of the nation’s birds. Compiled through collaboration of ten organisations including Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS, BirdLife in India), the report synthesises the findings from the assessment of 867 Indian species over the last 25 years, drawing on citizen science data. It highlights sharp declines in common species and identifies focal points for conservation action.

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For more information visit the State of India's Birds website 

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Jordan

State of Jordan's Birds

The State of Jordan's Birds 2013

In 2013, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN)—BirdLife in Jordan—launched a major report on the status of the country’s avifauna. The publication, entitled the State of Jordan’s Birds, provides a detailed assessment of current bird populations, the threats they face, and the conservation actions that are being put in place to safeguard them.

It is hoped that this timely report will sound an alarm in the minds of all those concerned for the future of birds and biodiversity in Jordan and help galvanise action to safeguard the country’s outstanding natural heritage.

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For more information visit the RSCN website

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Lebanon

State of Lebanon's Birds

State of Lebanon's Birds and IBAs 2014

State of Lebanon’s Birds and IBAs is the first publication of its kind for Lebanon. It constitutes an important national scientific resource, collating all available data on birds, sites, habitats, and conservation efforts for birds and biodiversity in Lebanon.

The book is divided into 4 main chapters:

  • Section One: Important Bird Area Programme (Sites)
  • Section Two: Status of Birds in Lebanon (Species)
  • Section Three: Birds habitats in Lebanon (Habitats)
  • Section Four: Conservation & Management of IBAs & Birds (People)

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For more information visit the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) website

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Macedonia

State of the Birds of Macedonia

State of the Birds of Macedonia 2012

State of the Birds of Macedonia 2012, produced by the Macedonian Ecological Society (BirdLife in Macedonia), provides an overview of the country’s avifauna: its current status, the threats it faces and the actions that are being taken to protect it.

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For more information visit the Macedonian Ecological Society website

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Nepal

State of Nepal's Birds

State of Nepal’s Birds 2010

State of Nepal's Birds 2010, produced by Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN; BirdLife in Nepal), aims to raise awareness amongst policymakers, the general public and conservation organisations of the plight of Nepal’s birds and the responses needed to help secure their conservation. It shows that, since the last assessment of Nepal’s birds in 2004, the status of the country’s avifauna has deteriorated. There are now 149 bird species considered nationally threatened, 16 more than in 2004. Human activities lay behind these declines, especially those associated with the spread of agriculture. Fortunately, the Nepalese Government recognises the importance of biodiversity, whilst across the country there are numerous excellent examples of conservation being carried out by a range of Non-Governmental Organisations. Many of these recent successes are discussed in detail within the report.

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For more information visit the BCN website

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Palau

State of Palau's Birds

State of Palau’s Birds 2017

State of Palau’s Birds 2017, produced by Belau National Museum with support from the Palau Conservation Society (BirdLife in Palau) is the 8th in a series of annual publications providing updates on the National Program for Monitoring Forest and Coastal Birds. The islands of Palau support a rich avifauna, including 13 endemic species and several important seabird colonies, and act as a stopover for migratory birds on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. This report showcases some of Palau’s bird species and the work underway to protect them.

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For more information and past reports visit the Palau Conservation Society website

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Paraguay

State of Paraguay's Birds

State of Paraguay's Birds 2011

Situated at the convergence of six major ecoregions, Paraguay has a rich biodiversity that includes over 700 bird species. Unfortunately, as revealed in State of Paraguay’s birds (published by Guyra Paraguay), there has been a steady and continuous deterioration in the status of the country’s avifauna—with 17% of species now at risk of disappearing from Paraguay altogether. The report not only outlines the reasons for these declines, but also the actions needed to reverse them including a range of innovative and far-reaching conservation initiatives developed by Guyra Paraguay.

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For more information visit the Guyra Paraguay website

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Philippines

State of Philippine Birds

The State of Philippine Birds 2014

The State of Philippine Birds, launched by the Haribon Foundation in August 2014, provides up- to-date information on the changing status of the country’s impressive avifauna. With over 600 bird species, almost one third of which are endemic, the Philippines is one of the most ornithologically important countries in the world. The report will help raise awareness and appreciation of the country’s rich avifauna both nationally and globally and assist policy-makers and conservationists in making better informed decisions.

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For more information visit the Haribon Foundation website

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Portugal

State of Portugal's Birds

The State of Portugal's Birds 2019

The Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA, BirdLife in Portugal) recently published O estado das aves em Portugal, summarising the results from 18 surveys and monitoring programmes across Portugal over the last two decades. The report reveals an alarming decline in common birds, and highlights key threats such as agricultural intensification, overfishing and invasive species.

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For more information visit the SPEA website

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Sierra Leone

State of Sierra Leone's Birds

The State of Sierra Leone’s Birds: a guide for policy and conservation action 2014

State of Sierra Leone’s Birds: a guide for policy and conservation action is a timely assessment of the current practical environmental issues affecting the country’s biodiversity, particularly birds. Located on the western edge of Africa, on the westernmost extent of the Upper Guinea forest, Sierra Leone certainly has a rich avifauna, including three endangered, 10 vulnerable and 12 near-threatened species. Deforestation, urban sprawl, and the degradation of coastal ecology are some of the key factors having negative impacts on the country’s avifauna and wider biodiversity. The report aims to motivate conservationists, protected area managers, policy makers, bird enthusiasts and concerned citizens to take collective action to conserve the country’s valuable natural endowment.

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For more information contact the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone. Tel: +23278088542; Email: cssl_03@yahoo.com

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South Africa

State of South Africa's Birds

The State of South Africa's Birds 2018

In 2018, BirdLife South Africa published the State of South Africa’s Birds report, the first of its kind for the region. Drawing on national survey and monitoring data, it provides a detailed insight into the status of birds within the country. The report highlights some worrying trends, with seabirds and raptors suffering particularly steep declines and large areas of important biomes remaining unprotected. However, it also showcases the work being carried out to address the threats faced by the country’s birds, including species-specific and landscape scale projects.

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For more information visit the BirdLife South Africa website

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Spain

Conservation Status of Birds in Spain

Conservation Status of Birds in Spain 2010

Conservation status of Birds in Spain 2010 is a report produced by SEO (BirdLife in Spain). It outlines the state of birds across the country’s main habitats using data collected as part of the Common Bird Monitoring Programme (Programa de Seguimiento de Aves Comunes Reproductoras, SACRE).

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For more information visit the SEO website

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UK

State of UK's Birds

The State of the UK's Birds 2020

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB, Birdlife in the UK) has produced 18 reports on the state of the UK’s birds over the last 20 years. The latest in the series provides an up-to-date overview of the results from multiple nationwide surveys and monitoring programmes. Sections on each of the four UK countries explore different species trends and show how monitoring data are being used to influence policy and conservation decisions.

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For more information and past reports visit the RSPB website

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Uganda

State of Uganda's Birds

The State of Uganda’s Birds – Indicators of our changing environment 2014

The State of Uganda’s Birds 2014 is a report published by NatureUganda (BirdLife in Uganda) outlining the state of the countries birds, the threats they are facing, and the conservation responses being implemented. It highlights the need for further monitoring to better understand the ecology, status and movement of key species.

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For more information visit the NatureUganda website

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USA

State of the Birds (US)

The State of the Birds (US) 2019

The State of the Birds 2019, published by the U.S. Committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), whose partners include American Bird Conservancy and Audubon (BirdLife’s Partners in the U.S.), is the eighth assessment of the state of North America’s birds. The report shows a loss of nearly 30% of the nation’s birds in the last 50 years, with steep declines in common species. It also highlights the critical role that state wildlife agencies can play in recovering bird populations and calls for greater support of these recovery efforts.

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For more information and past reports visit the State of the Birds website

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