May 11, 2009

Bald, Beautiful and Bouncing Back

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 10:11 am

Birds experts worldwide are all-of-a-flutter after identifying the wintering home of the northern bald Ibis, the rarest bird in the Middle East,down to a mare 65 pairs. Three tagged birds, nicknamed Sultan, Salam and Zenobia, have been followed by satellite from their summer grounds in Syria to Ethiopia – an epic journey of 3,100km.

Britain Royal Society for protection of Birds (RSPB) has described the discovery as ‘a major breakthrough’.The red list of threatened species categories the northern bald Ibis as critically endangered because of habitat loss, hunting, human encroachment and pesticide poisoning.There are thought to be only two surviving summer populations, one in Syria and the other in Morocco. Its range used to extend into Europe.

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