January 2016 News Updates
Meet one of South East Asia’s most popular bird, and if you want to see it, you’d better go soon. Only recently ‘rediscovered’ (there were no sightings of this bird from 1952 until 1986); the Gurney’s Pitta is the most sought-after species by birdwatchers who visit Thailand. So why the popularity? Scarcity and beauty. Being long-lost, very beautiful, but also critcally endangered, and you can understand its appeal to ‘twitchers’ and tourists. However for this bird, like the other wildlife featured on our monthly news, it’s an all-too familar story; the Gurney’s Pitta lowland forest habitat in Myanmar and now peninsula Thailand are almost totally cleared: for logging, coffee, rubber and that most ubiquitious of man-made plagues, palm oil plantations. Other challenges include the bird’s remaining habitats are little-protected. See you in Thailand with the binoculars.