Dramatic increases in ranching and agriculture in the Amazon basin is having a drastic impact on the area's avian diversity. According to BirdLife International, recent changes to forest preservation laws have increased the threats to more than 100 Amazon bird species. This year's comprehensive review of birds listed as endangered has also shown more endangered birds in Europe and Africa.
The news isn't all bad, however, and strict programs to control invasive predators have helped some bird populations recover, particularly on isolated islands. Further research of other species has also revealed happy news that ranges are expanding, giving some birds better chances of population recovery.
Continued monitoring and conservation efforts are necessary, of course, and BirdLife International hopes that its updated listings can help governments form international agreements to promote bird conservation for the most critically endangered species and any birds that may be threatened.
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