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.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Baer's Pochard "rarer than Giant Panda"


The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) has highlighted a worrying new global population estimate for the Critically Endangered Baer's Pochard.

Fewer than 1,000 of this eastern diving duck species are now thought to exist in the wild, according to the latest figures on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, making the species rarer than Giant Panda, which is thought to number 1,864.

Once prevalent across Central and South-East Asia, Baer's Pochard numbers have suffered a serious and ongoing decline, suspected to be the result of major changes and degradation to wetlands in the region.

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