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100 Amazon birds risk extinction

2012-06-08 09:43

Rio de Janeiro - A conservation group says deforestation in the Amazon has put 100 species of birds at risk of extinction.

BirdLife International says the risks for birds living in the South American rainforest had previously been underestimated and it warns that changes to Brazil's forest law could worsen the situation.

Ninety Amazon birds were added to this year's international Red List of Threatened Species or had their risk level raised. Three were listed as critically endangered, meaning they face the highest risk of extinction. Six other species were listed in the second-most-critical category.

The Red List released on Thursday found that 13% of the world's 10 064 bird species are threatened.

BirdLife International researches and develops the entire avian section of the Red List for the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Comments
  • Theunis - 2012-06-08 11:21

    7,000,000,000 humans is just a few billion to many.

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