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Illicit Trade,Intensive Farming Endanger Birds

May 14, 2009

The gorgeted puffleg, a colorfull species of humming bird has been added to the Red List of endangered bird species as a result of illicit trade of coccaine from Colombia.

Gorgeted Puffleg 

Expanding coca cultivation has destroyed  chunks of about 1200 hectares of its cloud forest habitat in the Pinche mountains .
Conservationists are trying to buy land in the area to establish a reserve.

Another is the Sidamo lark found only in Ethiopia. It could be the first mainland bird to disappear from Africa. The lark lives in the Liben plateau, southeast of Negele, and for years has been in harmony with cattle farmers.

sidamo_lark_davies@body

It is understood that armed Somalians have brought livestock to the plateau and intensive farming is destroying the lark’s habitat

An expedition from BirdLife International, based at Cambridge, will visit the region this week to conduct habitat surveys and see how best the birds can be protected.

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