An amazing image of the Kakapo, a flightless parrot from New Zealand, of which only 124 individuals are alive today. (Photo: Shane McInnes/TheWorldsRarest.com)
A large proportion of the almost 10,000 World’s bird species is threatened with extinction and more than 2,000 species need urgent conservation action to ensure their survival. With this in mind, last year the international photo competition The World’s Rarest Birds was launched with the aim to photograph the 566 most threatened bird species on Earth. These bird species inhabit some of the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet and even seeing one could take weeks or months.
An amazing photo of a displaying Red-crowned Crane from East Asia which has a population of 1,700 mature individuals and is continuing to decrease (Photo: Huajin Sun/TheWorldsRarest.com)
Thousands of fantastic images were submitted and hundreds will be featured in a new book that not only shows their beauty but includes specially written feature articles on the key bird conservation issues in each of the world’s regions. Profits from the book, published by WILDGuides, will be donated to BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme.
The Great Indian Bustard, photo taken in the Great Indian Desert, India (Photo: Csaba Barkóczi /TheWorldsRarest.com)
A great photo of a Christmas Island Frigatebird in flight (Photo: David Boyle/TheWorldsRarest.com)
A fantastic photo of a flying Asian Crested Ibis from China. Just 250 individuals survive, but because of conservation action the population is slowly increasing! (Photo: Quan Min Li /TheWorldsRarest.com)
A lovely image of a calling Critically Endangered Forest Owlet from India (Photo: Dr Jayesh K Joshi/TheWorldsRarest.com)