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BirdLife International

BirdLife International
Motto Partnership for Nature and People
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Purpose Conservation
Headquarters Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Khaled Anis Irani
Chief Executive
Dr Hazell Thompson (acting)
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BirdLife international is a global partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. It is the World's largest partnership of conservation organisations, with over 120 partner organisations 120 partner organisations. Together the BirdLife Partnership forms the leading authority on the status of birds, their habitats and the issues and problems affecting bird life.


BirdLife International was founded in 1922 by American ornithologists T. Gilbert Pearson and Jean Theodore Delacour as the International Committee for Bird Protection. This lobbying group changed its name in 1993 to BirdLife International. Read more on

Regional work

BirdLife International has conservation work programmes in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific.

Global programmes

Within each of these regions, BirdLife has nine Global Programmes - some are well established, others are more recent and responding to specific conservation issues. In addition to the Global Programmes there are programmes specific to a region. Together these Global and Regional Conservation Programmes help the Partnership focus and work around common priorities. They provide the framework for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating our conservation work. BirdLife Global Programmes are The Seabird and Marine, Birdlife Preventing Extinctions, the Migratory Birds and Flyways, the Climate Change, the Forests of Hope, the Local Empowerment, Invasive Alien Species and the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).


BirdLife International publishes a quarterly magazine - 'World Birdwatch'. The magazine contains recent news and authoritative articles about birds, their habitats, and their conservation around the world.

Red List

BirdLife International is the official Red List Authority for birds for the IUCN. In the latest assessment in 2012, 1,313 species of bird are considered threatened with extinction (i.e. in the categories of Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable). This represents 13% of the total of 10,064 extant bird species in the world.

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