BirdLife International yesterday announced the decisions for evaluation of the Red List 2013. More than 20 species have been uplisted to a higher level of threat, including the Yellow-breasted Bunting (from Vulnerable to Endangered) regularly seen in Hong Kong. The population recorded a severe decline on the breeding grounds which might be owing to trapping on wintering grounds. The approved 2013 Red List is expected to be launched on BirdLife and IUCN websites in November 2013.
There are 99 species still pending for decisions and will be discussed in early 2014, including passage migrant Grey-tailed Tattler (currently listed as Least Concern) which declined in some major sites in Australia recently.