As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Rare birds abound in Brazil's Acre state

The Brazilian state of Acre has had little attention by bird-lovers and bird scientists, though it lies deep in the Amazonian rainforest. Now a new survey in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science by ornithologist, John J. DeLuca, works to build a better picture of rare birds in this largely-neglected region. The work is all the more important as the Brazil-Peru Interoceanic Highway could bring massive changes to the region.

"[The highway] may lead to a drastic increase in deforestation throughout southwestern Amazonia and cause a decline in the habitat and populations of species of conservation concern," DeLuca notes, adding that on the positive-side, "Easier access to Acre may also increase opportunities for ecotourism, especially birding tours focused on rare and restricted-range species."

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