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IUCN declares yellow-breasted bunting critically endangered

Situation of at least 3 species deteriorated

Shahidul Islam Chowdhury  | Published: 23:33, Jul 11,2020

 
 

The IUCN declared Yellow-breasted Bunting, a bird species available in Bangladesh among other regions of the world, critically endangered which is just one step away from extinction.

The IUCN also declared Tricarinate Hill Turtle and South Asian Box Turtle, two reptile species available in Bangladesh among other countries, endangered.

The Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature declared this in its recently published IUCN Red List of the Threatened Species 2020 released globally on July 9.

According to an initial assessment of the global red list by the IUCN Bangladesh office, Yellow-breasted Bunting has become critically endangered. It was in vulnerable state in the IUCN Bangladesh red list released in 2015.

Both Tricarinate Hill Turtle and South Asian Box Turtle were in vulnerable state, according to IUCN Bangladesh red list 2015. The latest global red list declared this two species endangered.

State of several other species, which are also available in Bangladesh, did not improve in the last five years in spite of global environmentalists urging Bangladesh to save them. 

Among reptiles, Elongated Tortoise, Yellow-headed Tortoise, Asian Giant Tortoise, Burmese Brown Tortoise, Three-striped Roofed Turtle and Three-striped Roof Turtle still remain critically endangered, and Black Spotted Pond Turtle in endangered condition, in both global 2020 red list and IUCN Bangladesh’s 2015 red list. 

Among birds available in Bangladesh, Palls’s Fish Eagle remains endangered and Great Hornbill in vulnerable condition in both global 2020 red list and IUCN Bangladesh’s 2015 red list.

Among mammals available in Bangladesh, Slow Loris, Bengal Slow Loris, Bengal Loris and Northern Slow Loris remain endangered, while Hog Badger and Hog-nosed Badger remain vulnerable in both global 2020 red list and IUCN Bangladesh’s 2015 red list.

Giving an initial assessment of the latest global red list, IUCN Bangladesh Raquibul Amin told New Age that these were only examples, not the full list.

The national status can be different from the global status based on the population and habitat condition within the country, he said, adding that the Asian elephant has global status of endangered, but its status in Bangladesh is critically endangered as per the 2015 Bangladesh red list.

It would be necessary to update the 2015 Bangladesh red list to get the actual national scenario, he added.

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