Birds in the Red

A world-first assessment of Australian birds is ringing warning bells

For the first time an authoritative analysis has been undertaken of the status of Australian birds and it shows they are in decline – in some groups, that decline is faster than elsewhere in the world. Led by Dr Judit Szabo from Charles Darwin University, the analysis reports on changes in the Red List Index for all Australian species and subspecies of birds since 1990.

That avian diversity is declining is worrying. That this is the first time an authoritative statement has been made on the issue, however, seems amazing. Australia, after all, is a signed up member of the Convention on Biological Diversity and a strong supporter of the Millennium Development Goals. Both these global programs are trying to reduce the rate of decline in biodiversity. One might therefore expect Australia would have an intimate knowledge of our performance in biodiversity conservation…




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