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Shared by : aness nyaboga (Kenya)
Region : Kenya
Status : Critically Endangered
Classified under critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, this bird is one of the rarest birds in the world, named after Taita Hills in Kenya. It is found alone or in groups of a maximum of four individuals and are quite territorial. The bird lives in the undergrowth of montane forests and currently is restricted to a number of forest fragments covering a total of less than six square kilometers. Most of the Taita Hills forest has been lost as a result of forest fires, as well as continued clearing for fuel-wood, agricultural use and cattle grazing among other uses which hinder natural regeneration. In 2001, there were believed to be between 600 and 930 individuals. Surveys in 2009 and 2010 showed that the remaining number of birds had declined to between 60 and 130 individuals. Conservation measures are already underway with the remaining fragments being safeguarded by the Kenya Forest Service, reforestation activities and educating the locals on alternative and more sustainable methods of income generation that don't further harm the ecosystem there.


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