One in five EU birds threatened by extinction
The European Red List of Birds was published on 3 June.The list is compiled by NGO BirdLife for the European Commission.It states that 13% of 533 species are threatened at a European level (of the 67 species, 10 are Critically Endangered (the highest threat level) including the Balearic Shearwater,Slender-billed Curlew, and Yellow-breasted Bunting; 18 are Endangered and 39 are Vulnerable). When looking at the EU27 level, 18% of 451 species are threatened (of the 82 species: 11 are Critically Endangered, including the Lesser White-fronted Goose and the Greater Spotted Eagle, 16 are Endangered and 55 are Vulnerable). (See list attached below) Birdlife International also claims to have discovered what the main culprits are for this situation, and that two stand out above the rest: illegal killing and land-use changes, especially on farmland. Other serious threats are climate change, pollution and invasive non-native species. Detailed information for each species can be found on BirdLife International's DataZone. Illegal killing has proven especially hard to root out in crisis hit Mediterranean countries, where hunting songbirds is often an added income.