facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

Bird species at risk in Russia

Feb. 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Three bird species in Russia are in a disastrous decline and on the verge of extinction, the president of the country's Bird Protection Union said.

The most serious losses in the species -- the slender-billed curlew, the spoon-billed sandpiper and the golden bunting -- occur while the migrating birds are in transit, especially in winter, Vitaly Zubakin told RIA Novosti Thursday.

The number of sparrows in Russia has also been declining, Zubakin added, but noted that "this is an all-European trend."

While some species are at risk of extinction, at least 10 new bird species have appeared in Russia in the past 20 years, he said.

That was likely due to a change in migration paths and "climatic imbalances," he said.

The Russian Bird Protection Union, established in 1993, unites some 2,000 ornithologists and thousands of bird lovers in Russia, RIA Novosti said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Infant Earth was peppered by asteroids for 500 million years
2
Ancient cricket found in neglected primeval amber
3
Deep-sea octopus guards eggs longer than any other animal
4
The moon is (kind of) flat, and scientists know why
5
Two more giant holes found in Siberia
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback