Birds really do show us that we are ONE PLANET and share everything from ancestry, to space, food, water, weather, oceans and landscapes. We need to stop turning a blind eye to the ongoing wild-caught bird trade around the world and recognize the amazing lives of these masters of the sky and ancestors of the dinosaurs…
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King penguins breed on the subantarctic islands in the northern-most reaches of Antarctica and South Georgia, as well as some of the more temperate islands of the region. Their total population is estimated to be 2.23 million pairs and is reported to be increasing. Photographed here in Fortuna Bay (South Georgia)... (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)
Swallow-tailed bee-eaters breed in pairs or in very small colonies in sandy river banks, constructing relatively long tunnels in which 2 to 4 spherical, white eggs are laid. (Mark Drysdale)
Tawny eagles breed in most of Africa both N and S of the Sahara Desert and across tropical SW Asia to India. (Subramanniyan Mani)
Saddle-billed storks widespread species which is a resident breeder in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya south to South Africa, and in The Gambia, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Chad in west Africa. (Clive Prior)
Orange-headed thrushes breed in most of the Indian Subcontinent from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and parts of Tibet, to SE Asia and Java, preferring moist broad-leaved, evergreen woodlands with bushy undergrowth and ferns. (Anish Biswas)
Pied hornbills are found in the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests of the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam. (Dhritiman Hore)
Malachite kingfishers are found throughout Africa S of the Sahara. They are very animated, high energy kingfishers that stick close to the water's surface when hunting and compete for good perches... (Jay van Rensburg)
European rollers breed mostly in W Europe, but their range extends into the Middle East, Central Asia, and even N Africa (Morocco). (Lennart Hessel)
Large-tailed nightjars are known in Malaysia to frequent cemeteries at night and are called "burung tukang kubur" ("graveyard nightjar"). They have an extensive distributional range, including Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Anish Biswas)
Lappet-faced vultures are considered Vulnerable at species level with a global population of less than 10,000 that is declining rapidly and at risk of local extinctions throughout their range. They are the most powerful and aggressive of the African vultures. (Kim Phillips)
Black crakes breed in most of sub-Saharan Africa and can be heard duetting in the low grass near water. The male and female together make a distinctive bubbling, rasping sound when disturbed. (Jay van Rensburg)
Fischer's Lovebirds are native to a small corner of east-central Africa, S and SE of Lake Victoria in N Tanzania and have low population densities outside of protected areas due to capture for the wild-caught bird trade. Photographed here in the Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) (Antero Topp)
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Spotted eagle owls are found in most S African countries. The male calls with two hoots: "Hooo hooopoooo", while the female answers with three, with less stress on the middle note: "Hooo hoo hooo". (Kim Phillips)
Lanner falcons breed in Africa, SE Europe and parts of W Asia. Due to their biogeography and inconclusive DNA sequencing they are assumed to be the oldest living hierofalcon species. (Warren Prior)
Chestnut-vented warblers breed in southern Africa and are most common in Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. They prefer thorny fynbos, scrub, thickets and dry riverbeds... Photographed here in Namibia. (Anja Denker)
Carolina wrens are resident on E coast USA from S Ontario (Canada) to NE Mexico. Photographed here in Vestal (New York) (Melissa Penta)
Cape Sugarbirds are distributed throughout the Cape Floral Region (South Africa) where there are flowering proteas and ericas. Their staple diet is nectar, but they also eat spiders and insects. (Michele Nel)
Wood sandpipers breed in subarctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands to Europe and Asia, migrating to Africa and S Asia (e.g. India). They are protected by the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds. (Bram Avi Hirschfield)
Black-shouldered kites and their close cousin the Black-winged kite are found almost all over the world. They are able to hover in one place to locate small rodents in the grass below... Photographed here in South Africa. (Michele Nel)
Black-backed woodpeckers breed in the boreal forest across Canada, Alaska and the north-western United States. Photographed here in Ottawa (Canada). (Nina Stavlund)
White-backed mousebirds are distributed in the W and central regions of southern Africa, where they prefer scrubby dry habitat types like thornveld, fynbos scrub and semi-desert. (Anja Denker)
Violet-eared waxbills are found in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They are considered Least Concern even though they are caught extensively for the wild-caught bird trade. (Anja Denker)
American robins are distributed throughout North America, but wintering south of Canada from Florida to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast. They are the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Photographed here in New York. (Melissa Penta)
Grey herons are found throughout Europe and Asia, as well as parts of Africa. In the Netherlands, the Grey Heron has established itself over the past decades in great numbers in urban environments. Photographed here in Cape Town (South Africa). (Allan Holland)
African green pigeons only really come to the ground when they drink water and congregate at salt mud pans in forest clearings. They are captured in their thousands at these vulnerable locations to supply the bushmeat trade. Photographed here in Odzala-Kokoua National Park (Congo).
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The Wild Bird Trust was founded in South Africa in August 2009 with the primary objective of keeping birds safe in the wild. The trust aims to encourage the use of flagship endangered bird species as “ecosystem ambassadors” in their indigenous habitat. The trust focusses on linking ordinary people with conservation action in the field through innovative marketing campaigns and brand development. Saving Africa’s birds is going to take a determined effort from all of us.
The main aims and objectives of the Wild Bird Trust are to:
- To advance the research in, education about and conservation of all birds in the wild as well as the related habitat.
- Focus will be placed primarily on African species that act as ecosystem and biodiversity indicators although other species and geographical areas will be considered as well.
- To work with all interested and involved parties including government, private sector, NGOs, education and research institutions, aviculture and bird-watching sectors without losing objectivity and independence.
In the pursuit of these aims and objectives the Wild Bird trust works closely with relevant local and international entities and persons, including: government authorities; educational institutions; conservation organizations; and avicultural organizations. The trust is funded entirely by its founder members, charitable donations and conservation grants.