Conservation officers forced online in fight against bird trafficking

MAKASSAR, Indonesia — “Hi, This is Kamaruddin calling in, just parking my car.” “Great, go ahead and share your experience with this broadcast’s theme with the Natural Resources Conservation Agency.” “Thanks. So, I have a cockatoo and a hawk-eagle and I’m just learning they’re protected species. I bought them online and now if I want […]

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Land of the birds: why Australia has the world’s greatest diversity of avian life

If you live in Australia, you may not realise how unique and special the birds around you are. Our continent was perhaps the most important for the evolution of modern birds, with a majority of the world’s species tracing their ancestry here. Long ecologically adrift as an island continent, Australia benefited through the evolution of […]

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Australia’s largest cockatoo threatened by bauxite mining

Australia’s spectacular palm cockatoo is being put at risk by proposed bauxite mines, conservationists have said. The Cape York palm cockatoo, Australia’s largest cockatoo, is listed as vulnerable under Australia’s federal environment laws. About 3,000 mature birds are thought to exist, and their numbers are declining. It is considered a distinct subspecies of the palm […]

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