Following last year's critically acclaimed first edition, Rare Birds Yearbook 2009 has just been published. Featuring the world's 190 Critically Endangered species the book is compiled in cooperation with BirdLife International, the IUCN Red List authority on birds.
The book provides an entry of up to two pages for each Critically Endangered species, complete with its history, the latest information on its status, and the measures that are being taken to protect it, and the 2009 edition has stunning new images of the world's rarest birds.
Six new full-length feature articles cover topics such as the reintroduction of the Californian Condor, philosophical conservation issues, and the latest news about the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme.
"£4.00 from each sale goes directly to save the birds that Rare Birds Yearbook covers", said Erik Hirschfeld, Rare Birds Yearbook editor and founder. "By raising awareness about the plight of these birds, this book provides conservation funds directly to the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme."
The good news since the 2008 edition is that six species have been downlisted from Critically Endangered: Gorgeted Wood-quail Odontophorus strophium, Marquesan Imperial-pigeon Ducula galeata, Purple-backed Sunbeam Aglaeactis aliciae, Gurney's Pitta Pitta gurneyi, Rondonia Bushbird Clytoctantes atrogularis and Somali Thrush Turdus ludoviciae.
The bad news is that eight new ones have been uplisted to replace them: Tristan Albatross Diomedea dabbenena, Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus, Tachira Antpitta Grallaria chthonia, Reunion Cuckooshrike Coracina newtoni, Mariana Crow Corvus kubaryi, Floreana Mockingbird Nesomimus trifasciatus, Akekee Loxops caeruleirostris and Gough Bunting Rowettia goughensis.
This is a project that is trying to put itself out of business by helping save these Critically Endangered species. So why not help by picking up a copy of Rare Birds Yearbook 2009.