STATE What we know about the changing state of birds

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Since the year 1500, we have lost over 150 bird species – an extinction rate far higher than the natural background. Today, one in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction, with 197 species Critically Endangered, and Red List assessments show that things are getting worse. Particularly alarming are sharp declines in many formerly common and widespread species. This is a signal of wider environmental problems, and of the erosion of biodiversity as a whole.

 

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Numerous bird species have been driven extinct
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Many bird species, including common ones, are declining
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Bird species are becoming more threatened
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Many bird species are close to extinction
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Many IBAs are in an unfavourable state
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