With the Treron vernans dubbed the “hot pigeon” when its picture was shared on Twitter earlier this month, we felt compelled to share some of our favourite endangered species of birds. Which of these do you think is the most beautiful? ?
First, our inspiration: the Pink-necked Green-Pigeon
Dubbed the “hot pigeon” by Twitter, the Pink-necked Green-Pigeon (Treron vernans) can be found in mangroves, open coastal forests, parks gardens and plantation edges. It is a social species that often gathers in flocks, occasionally giving strange, alien-sounding coos! It is, however, not endangered, being classed as stable, unlike the other beauties listed below.
1. Spix’s Macaw
The Spix’s Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii) once occupied the desert woodland of Brazil, but habitat loss, predation and poaching has driven them to extinction in the wild. The 2011 animated movie Rio featured a storyline with a pair of Spix’s macaw called Blu and Jewel.
2. Orange-bellied Parrot
The Orange-bellied Parrot is a small migratory bird that breeds in Tasmania’s SW before heading north for the colder months. Numbers have been in sharp decline since the 1980s, and this little bird is now on the critically endangered list.
(Source: The Guardian).?
3. Honduran Emerald
The Honduran Emerald is a fairly small hummingbird from the dry valleys of Honduras. Deforestation has endangered its population, but recent studies uncovered many were hidden in less open areas of the country. Although not as uncommon as once thought, they still need protecting.
(Sources: ebird, Shortpedia Voices).
Winning the award for best name, the Kakapo is a large, nocturnal, flightless, lek-breeding parrot from NZ. It is critically endangered, leading to the transfer of the whole population to predator-free islands. Intensive intervention in every stage of its life has led to a steady increase in numbers.
5. The Christmas Frigatebird
The Christmas Frigatebird is the rarest endemic seabird on Christmas Island, Australia. It belongs to a family of five birds, the Fregatidae, which have the largest wingspan to body weight ratio of any bird. This bird has the ability to stay airborne for more than a week at a time allowing them to have a large foraging range.