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The World's Rarest Birds
Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash & Robert Still

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

The World's Rarest initiative 7
Introduction to the world's birds 8

  • Diversity and distribution 8
  • Endemic Bird Areas 8
  • Important Bird Areas 9
  • Birds and humans 10

The world's rarest birds 11

  • The IUCN/BirdLife species category assignment process 12
  • Going or gone? 16
  • The known unknowns 20
  • The distribution of threatened birds 22
  • Last chances to save 24

The threats birds face 25

  • Agriculture and aquaculture 28
  • Logging/plant harvesting 30
  • Invasive and other problematic species 32
  • Hunting and trapping 34
  • Residential and commercial development 36
  • Fire and fire management 38
  • Climate change and severe weather 39
  • Geological events 40
  • Human disturbance 41
  • Pollution 42
  • Transport and other infrastructure 44
  • Energy production and mining 45
  • Dams and water abstraction 46
  • Fishing 47

The need for conservation 48
Threats without borders 50

The Regional Directories (see overleaf for full listing) 54

  • Structure of the regional sections 54
  • Glossary of terms 56

Acknowledgements 332
Appendix 1 - Extinct Species 336
Appendix 2 - The bird families with globally threatened species 339
Index 347

The Regional Directories

Europe and the Middle East 58

  • The conservation challenges 62
  • Regional Directory 64

Africa and Madagascar 68

  • Africa and Madagascar - the conservation challenges 72
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Madagascar 74
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Angola 76
  • Conservation challenge - Grassland Management 78
  • Regional Directory 80

Asia 100

  • Asia - the conservation challenges 104
  • Threatened bird hotspot - The Philippines 106
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Indonesia 108
  • Conservation challenge - Vultures 110
  • Conservation challenge - Bustards 112
  • Conservation challenge - Hornbills 114
  • Conservation challenge - The world's most threatened flyway 116
  • Regional Directory 118

Australasia 150

  • Australasia - the conservation challenges 154
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Australia 156
  • Threatened bird hotspot - New Zealand 158
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Australasian Islands 160
  • Threatened bird hotspot - New Caledonia 162
  • Regional Directory 164

Oceanic Islands 180

  • Oceanic islands - the conservation challenges 186
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Hawaii 190
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Polynesia & Micronesia 194
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Galápagos 196
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Indian Ocean Islands 198
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Atlantic Ocean Islands 200
  • Conservation challenge - The albatross conundrum 202
  • Regional Directory 206

The Caribbean, North and Central America 236

  • The threatened birds - an overview 240
  • Threatened bird hotspot - The Caribbean 242
  • Threatened bird hotspot - North America 244
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Central America 246
  • Regional Directory 248

South America 264

  • South America - the bird continent 268
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Chocó (Colombia and Ecuador) 270
  • Threatened bird hotspot - Peru 272
  • Threatened bird hotspot - The Amazon Basin 274
  • Threatened bird hotspot - The Atlantic Forest 276
  • Conservation challenge - Hunting and trapping 278
  • Regional Directory 280

Data Deficient Species 322

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