Forest birds of New Britain threatened

This 2013 video is called Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot @ Walindi Resort, New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea.

From BirdLife:

Satellite imagery paints picture of New Britain’s disappearing forest birds


Analyses of satellite images have revealed for the first time the extent of deforestation occurring on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea, indicating that many more bird species are threatened with extinction than previously feared.

An eighth of lowland forest on the island –a stronghold for a number of birds found nowhere else on Earth- disappeared between 1989 and 2000, largely driven by a rapid and uncontrolled expansion in global demand for palm oil.

The findings, published in the journal Biological Conservation mean that the total number of threatened or ‘near threatened’ birds on the island will almost double to 21. …

The paper reports that hardest hit is the strikingly iridescent Bismarck Kingfisher Alcedo websteri –a specialist of lowland forest streams- which lost a fifth of its habitat during the ten year period.

Other birds to suffer include the Green-fronted Hanging-parrot Loriculus tener, which lost 18% of its habitat in the same period.

Southeast Asia’s largely unregulated and expanding palm oil industry –fuelled by increasing global demand- is highlighted as the main factor behind the extensive lowland forest loss on New Britain.

New Britain’s birds are among the least known to science. A group of researchers ventured into the island’s unforgiving wilderness to find out how these species were coping with the loss of their forest. They found that some had adapted – but many more need urgent protection before it’s too late: here.

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