Africa’s vultures are sliding towards extinction warns BirdLife

Six of Africa’s 11 vulture species – the continent’s largest and most recognisable birds of prey – are now at a higher risk of extinction, according to the latest assessment of birds carried out by BirdLife International for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

The main causes of the drop in African vulture populations are thought to be indiscriminate poisonings, where the birds are drawn to poisoned baits, use of vulture body parts in traditional medicine, and deliberate targeting by poachers, as the presence of vultures can alert authorities to illegally killed big game carcasses.

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Help us tackle illegal killing of migratory birds in Turkey!

Every year approximately 6.5 million soaring birds migrate between Europe, Asia and Africa using two major flyways crossing Anatolia. 2 million storks and raptors fly over İstanbul while 1.2 million raptors pass from the Batumi bottleneck and enter Anatolia from north-east. Millions of ducks and geese also use these paths. Sadly large numbers of these birds are killed illegally and they also face other major threats such as electrocution, poisoning and collision with powerlines.

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Stop the Illegal Killing of Raptors

On a windswept hill in Southern Europe, the remains of a White-tailed Eagle flutter in the breeze, its piercing yellow eyes dulling as it takes its final gasp.

Sadly this bird is just one of millions that are illegally killed every year as they migrate between Europe, the Caucasus, The Middle East and Africa. The slaughter is indiscriminate, with shooting, trapping and poisoning rife.

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October Big Day 2020—bigger than ever!

This year’s October Big Day 2020 is happening during the first Global Bird Weekend. The goal of Global Bird Weekend is to make October 17-18 the biggest ever birding weekend and support BirdLife International’s appeal to end illegal bird trade. One of Global Bird Weekend’s aims is to have more than 25,000 people submit eBird checklists on 17 October—will you be one of them?

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