New Red data book will soon be published

14 Oct
The Red Data book that was last published in 2000

The Red Data book that was last published in 2000. Photo Eelco Meyjes

Within the next 3 to 6 months BirdLife South Africa will publish the new Red Data book of the Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. The issue was last published thirteen years ago in 2000. Prior to that copies were published in 1994 ,1984 and 1976.  For finch enthusiasts the Pink-throated Twinspots , Piedmannikin and the Lemon breasted Canary were all listed as Near threatened in the 2000 edition. No finches were listed in the 1994 issue and in 1984 the Piedmannikin was stated as Indeterminate and the Lemon-breasted Canary as Rare. For our international followers the reason why Lesotho and Swaziland are included in the survey is that these two little countries are both found within the borders of South Africa. It will certainly be very interesting to see which finches may have been listed in the new publication when it appears.  The Rare Finch Conservation Group is on stand bye to assist with conservation work wherever we can

African Birdlife is published by BirdLife South Africa

African Birdlife is published by BirdLife South Africa Photo Eelco Meyjes

For those finch enthusiasts that follow our blog on a regular basis we can strongly recommend that it is well worth becoming a member of BirdLife SA. One of  the many benefits of being a member is that you will receive the outstanding African Birdlife magazine which is published every two months by BLSA. The articles and photographs are truly world-class and cover all bird species found south of the Sahara desert. For more information visit

The above information is shared by the Rare Finch Conservation Group which is  registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation.



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