Palila Honeycreeper Moved from Endangered to Critically Endangered by the American Bird Conservancy

…News from the IUCN for New Zealand’s Chatham Petrel was also good, and it was downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered. Unfortunately, the report also uplisted the Hooded Grebe to Endangered, and the newly discovered Gorgeted Puffleg , the Medium Tree-Finch (one of Darwin’s finches from the Galapagos), and the Palila (a Hawaiian honeycreeper), to Critically Endangered. A total of 1,227 bird species (12 percent) are now classified as globally threatened with extinction (includes Critically Endangered, Endangered, and Vulnerable). Of those, 192 are considered Critically Endangered…

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Coincidentally, just last month there was a bit of controversy about hunters doing aerial hunts on goats and sheep that were ruining the forests up on top of Mauna Kea.

The state plans to conduct an aerial hunt of invasive goats and sheep in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve next week to protect the endangered palila bird…

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