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Songsters of Singapore: An Overview of the Bird Species in Singapore Pet Shops

James A. Eaton, Boyd T. C. Leupen and Kanitha Krishnasamy,February 2017)

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Singapore has a long history of involvement in the bird trade. Recent analysis of the trade in CITES Appendix I and II-listed birds from over 30 countries between 2005 and 2014, highlights that Singapore issued commercial import- and export permits for a total of 225 561 and 136 912 birds respectively. 468 more words

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British Barn Owls still struggling to adapt to modern life

(Alex Dale, 22 February 2017)

One of the most widespread birds of prey in the world, the Common Barn Owl Tyto alba has proven so successful at adapting to life alongside humans that even its very name reflects the symbiotic relationship that has been shared by farmers and this charismatic bird over the course of thousands of years. 526 more words

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In India, Two Brothers Are Saving Black Kites from a Surprising Foe: Paper Kites

(Katie Stacey, February 1, 2017)

When brothers Mohammed Saud and Nadeem Shahzad found their first injured Black Kite, they had no idea what to do with the bloody bird. 299 more words

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Estimates are in: 25,000 seabirds die in southern cone fisheries every year

(Shaun Hurrell, 21 Feb 2017)

Unsettling new seabird bycatch data from Chile and Argentina urges BirdLife’s Albatross Task Force and fisheries observers to act immediately to get new rules enforced. 198 more words

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Researchers investigate decline in South Africa's forest-birds

(TESSA J. G. COOPER, ANDREW. M. WANNENBURGH, MICHAEL I. CHERRY. Stellenbosch University, February 3, 2017)

Forest-dwelling bird species are disappearing from some of South Africa’s indigenous forests, with forest birds in the Eastern Cape being the most affected. 47 more words

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Is it “pure speculation”?

(Birdlife Malta, February 15, 2017)

In its reaction to BirdLife Malta’s press conference and to last Sunday’s revelations in the media about the Attorney General’s (AG) diverging views on the finch trapping case which is today being heard at the European Court of Justice, the Government yesterday described what was revealed as “pure speculation”. 147 more words

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Attorney General proves BirdLife Malta right on finch trapping

(Birdlife Malta, February 14, 2017)

If there was any doubt that there is no justification for finch trapping in Malta and that the derogation from the European Birds’ Directive runs counter to EU law, this has now been made clear by none other than the Attorney General (AG) himself who is supposed to be leading the defense on behalf of the Maltese Government in the legal case initiated by the European Commission against Malta in 2015, which will be heard tomorrow at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. 61 more words

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