January 5, 2015 is National Bird Day!
Did you know? There are approximately 10,000 bird species in the world. This number varies by a few hundred birds, depending on which classification system you use. Clements (now run by Cornell University) lists about 9,800 bird species whereas Sibley and IOU list over 10,000 species.
Did you know?
- The beauty, songs, and flight of birds have long been sources of human inspiration.
- Today, nearly 12 percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century, including nearly one-third of the world’s 330 parrot species.
- Birds are sentinel species whose plight serves as barometer of ecosystem health and alert system for detecting global environmental ills.
- Many of the world’s parrots and songbirds are threatened with extinction due to pressures from the illegal pet trade, disease, and habitat loss.
- Public awareness and education about the physical and behavioral needs of birds can go far in improving the welfare of the millions of birds kept in captivity.
- The survival and well-being of the world’s birds depends upon public education and support for conservation.
This is the reason for National Bird Day.
Source: www.nationalbirdday.com (yes, there is a National Bird Day official website!)