lives circumpolar in the southern oceans. I saw these two and their colony on West Point Island in the Falklands. Thalassarche melanophris
The numbers of the black-browed mollymawk are decreasing, and the species is labelled Nearly Threatened. Longline fishing kills the birds as does trawl fishing, and of course plastic intake kills too.
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On a recent walk through farmland near Oran, we came across this
(probably ssp. algeriensis). Shrike taxonomy is a minefield. Lanius excubitor
The birds have a varied diet but eat mostly large beetles – which are in decline because of pesticides and habitat loss. Hence the birds suffer.
Here are a male and a female
which I spotted some years ago in Ayutthaya in Thailand. The species is threatened by pet bird trade and habitat changes. Copsychus saularis
Thank you to the members of the Birdforum who helped with the ID.
This and I met a couple of years ago in Scotland, on a beach near St. Andrews. These highly intelligent birds face the threads of losing habitat because of extensive agriculture, of losing food because of mercury coating on seeds and the use of pesticides, and of losing their life because stupid humans shoot them ( Corvus frugilegus http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22705983/0).
This was spotted on a beach near Oran in Algeria. The species is native in the Maghreb region and classified ‘Least Concern’, but Oenanthe leucura possibly extinct in France and Gibraltar.
Many thanks to the people on birdforum.net for their help with the ID.
This slightly out-of-focus
had made its home in Ayutthaya, Thailand. The good news: the species is labelled Least Concern, and seems to be doing really well. Geopelia striata
Happy New Year!
is lovely to look at. The species is doing alright, but since they live in old forests local populations are under threat from logging, e.g. in Poland. Sitta europaea
This one was on a bird feeder in Slovakia. Remember to feed birds seeds and nuts. Feeding bread is a really bad idea as it damages the birds’ digestive system.