Mar 272015
VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 28 Mar 2015

Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. This week’s featured image: Gray-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides cajanea) perched on a branch in Manu National Park, Peru by Glenn Bartley Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the […]

Apr 022015
New report connects human health to biodiversity protection

During February, the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, revealed a new “ground-breaking” report entitled, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, which demonstrates human health benefits yielded from protecting Earth’s biodiversity. It’s designed to be the new “flagship publication,” acting as a primary source of information that supports the upcoming 2015 […]

Apr 012015
Cigüeña americana (Maguari Stork) Ciconia maguari

Hace algún tiempo atrás mencioné en una de las publicaciones de fotografías obtenidas en Cambyretá acerca del mejor momento de la jornada del 16 de Noviembre pasado cuando regresábamos hacia la ruta 12. Habiendo traspasado el cruce del camino a la casa del guardaparque pudimos ver cerca del camino a una solitaria Cigüeña forrajeando en […]

Apr 012015
Why we should learn birdsong alongside French and German?

I arrived home the other evening at dusk after a long journey, and stepped out of the car to hear a shouting match between blackbirds, one of the most beautiful sounds in nature. In the still calm of a clear March evening three males were fiercely staking their suburban territories, belting out sweet and flutey […]

Mar 312015
Eastern Black-headed Yellow Wagtail melanogrisea – Sabkhat Al Fasl

Whilst birding Sabkhat Al Fasl 6 March I found two Eastern Black-headed Yellow Wagtail melanogrisea feeding along a path and near the waters edge. This subspecies is not as common as Black-headed Wagtail feldegg in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia but arrive in early march similar to feldegg. Some individual Black-headed Yellow Wagtails, more […]

Mar 312015
Poll: Should UK towns and cities be allowed to clip seagulls' wings?

Kebab-stealing seagulls could have their wings clipped after George Osborne set aside £250,000 of budget funding to stop their scavenging raids on British towns and cities. Part of the chancellor’s plan to get Britain “walking tall” involves more research into the aggressive behaviour of urban gulls, which the Treasury said had become widespread. The Liberal […]

Mar 302015
Newly discovered Brazilian bird may number fewer than 10 individuals

In October 2002, a team of ornithologists at Murici in northeastern Brazil observed and recorded the call of a bird. At that time, the team believed they had chanced upon a rare bird previously described by other researchers as the Alagaos foliage-gleaner (Philydor novasei). “But then the bird vocalized!” Dante Renato Corrêa Buzzetti, an independent […]

Mar 292015
Perijá Tapaculo: New Bird Species Discovered in Colombia, Venezuela

An international group of ornithologists led by Dr Jorge Enrique Avendaño of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá has described a new species of tapaculo from humid montane and elfin forests (1,600–3,225 m elevation) of Colombia and Venezuela. The tapaculos are a group of passeriform birds in the family Rhinocryptidae. Most species are found […]

Mar 272015
Rembrandt's monkey: good news for Africa's newest primate

It all started with Georgette’s pet monkey. Deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rainforest, in the remote village of Opala, a team of researchers noticed a little girl with a strange-looking monkey on a leash in 2007. The girl, Georgette, told the scientists it was called ‘lesula,’ but no one had heard of […]