ABC/BOC/NHM April 2013: Paul Donald on the Liben Lark

London 2013

Talking Naturally was invited to record a series of short interviews at a joint meeting of the African Bird Club, the British Ornithologists’ Club and the Natural History Museum in London on April 6th 2013.

On a packed but enjoyable day, which included the African Bird Club’s AGM, six guest speakers talked on a range of subjects that encompassed topics from travelling to largely unvisited parts of Africa, an update on the status of the Liben Lark, a report from Libya on the isolated race of Lesser Crested Tern, an insight into work being done to recreate the lost avifuana of the Mascarenes, and a genetic study that promises to overturn the current phylogeny of Africa’s White-eyes (Zosteropidae).

In his talk titled ‘Saving Ethiopia’s most threatened endemic bird in a constantly changing environmentDr Paul Donald, Principal Conservation Scientist in RSPB‘s International Research Team, discussed the Critically Endangered Liben Lark, a species that appears to be on its way to becoming Africa’s first recorded mainland bird extinction. Paul began our conversation with the latest news concerning recent taxonomic developments in the small genus that contains the Liben Lark – heteromirafra.


For a list of the eight interviews recorded at this meeting click here


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