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.

Sunday 1 September 2019

Myanmar native bird species face extinction


Nine bird species only exclusively seen in Myanmar are facing dangers of going extinct.

There originally were eight bird species but according to the official confirmation from world's bird specialists on June 17, there are now nine bird species in Myanmar.

"It has now become nine species. The recently added breed is the Brown Prinia," said Thet Zaw Naing, from Myanmar Birds and Nature Society.

According to research from world class experts on the brown prinia birds, the Burmese prinia (prina cooki) species was classified as a separate type and was listed as a Myanmar endemic, meaning that it can only be found in Myanmar, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

According to the WCS, 46 of the world’s most threatened bird species are found in Myanmar. Eight of these species are critically endangered, 12 endangered, and 26 have been classified as vulnerable.

"International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has designated the white brown blue bird found in Natma Taung in Chin Hill as endangered species. In the list of IUCN, white brown blue bird and other two birds species are included. Even though some birds are not on the endangered list of IUCN, they are in real danger level of Myanmar. Some should be put in the list of critically endangered species. Otherwise, these species will eventually disappear in Myanmar," continued Thet Zaw Naing.

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