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.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Lovebird population threatened by poisoning

Presented by
Michelle Douglass

Almost a third of the Lilian’s lovebird population in Liwonde National Park, Malawi, is at risk of being poisoned each year, scientists have said.

Illegal waterhole poisoning caused the deaths of five to 50 of the birds every year from 2000 to 2012, according to reports collected for a new study.

Researchers from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa said that hunters poison water pools to kill larger animals for food.

But the activity also affects other species such as Lilian’s lovebirds.

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