BirdLife: The Magazine Apr-Jun 2018 - Page 61

Long-term monitoring reveals conservation success for the Black-faced Spoonbill he Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor is the rarest spoonbill in the world. Found across East Asia, it is Endangered due to pesticide pollution, human disturbance and the destruction of its habitat, including the reclamation of the Yellow Sea mudflats where it breeds. Synchronised surveys have taken place across its wintering grounds in several countries over 18 years, showing that the population has increased from 535 in 1997 to 2,726 in 2014, demonstrating the success of protecting important sites and avoiding human disturbance. However, the two largest wintering populations have stopped increasing since 2012; further research is needed to find out why. n Straw-headed bulbul imperilled by illegal trade T he Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus of Southeast Asia is in high demand as a cage-bird because of the quality of its song; a single bird can fetch a huge price and the best singers can win big prizes at competitions. The species is trapped and illegally traded on a vast scale, whilst its forest habitat continues to be lost, and the species is now at risk of extinction. Two articles in BCI shed new light on the species’s situation: surveys of markets in Indonesia have found scores of Straw-headed Bulbuls for sale, with prices rising steeply as the species become rarer in the wild. Yet some hope is found in Singapore, where a population is increasing. Conservation in Singapore may play a crucial role in the species’s survival, but tackling illegal trade remains critical. n ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: The Ndiael, a former floodplain on the brink of change from dry to wet? / Habitat selection, home range and population size of Baillon’s Crake Zapornia pusilla in the Senegal Delta, north-west Senegal / Spatial behaviour and density of three species of long-distance migrants wintering in a disturbed and non-disturbed woodland in northern Ghana / Standardising Englis h names for Australian bird subspecies as a conservation tool / Survival and reintegration of rehabilitated Carnaby’s Cockatoos Zanda latirostris into wild flocks / Population trend and conservation status of the Capricorn Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea macgregori / Restricted gene flow in the endangered Capricorn Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea macgregori: consequences for conservation management / The final straw? An overview of Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus trade in Indonesia / Survival rates of a reintroduced population of the Crested Ibis Nipponia nippon in Ningshan County (Shaanxi, China). IF YOU WISH TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE JOURNAL, PLEASE VISIT WWW.CAMBRIDGE.ORG/BCI/SUBSCRIBE NEW official BirdLife clothing! Check out our designs at birdlife.teemill.com apr-jun 2018 • birdlife 61 T