Every year


birds are killed illegally


Every year

25 000 000

birds are killed illegally


Shooting, trapping, poisoning.
Millions of migratory birds are slaughtered illegally as they make nature’s most incredible journey. Follow these magnificent birds on their epic flight for survival.

BirdLife International has exposed the illegal mass slaughter of migratory birds across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caucasus. Every year, an average of 25 000 000 birds are unlawfully shot, trapped or poisoned, from the smallest songbirds to the most powerful birds of prey. Endangered species, already hit hard by habitat loss and climate change, are being pushed closer to extinction – and all in open defiance of the law.

We are following the spectacular migratory journeys of these birds and exposing the different dangers they face at some of the worst illegal killing blackspots along the African-Eurasian flyway.

Birds know no borders; migration routes cross countries and even continents. BirdLife International is the largest nature conservation partnership in the world. Together with our national partners, we’re working to protect migratory birds at a flyway scale – but we need your help.

With your support, we can combat human threats to migratory birds at their wintering, breeding and stopover grounds and take targeted conservation action to end illegal killing at some of the worst blackspots along the African-Eurasian flyway.

May 15, 2023

The abrupt end to the life of Jykä, the White-tailed Eagle

Heartbreaking news emerges from Puolanka, Finland, as Jykä, the magnificent White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) closely monitored by BirdLife Finland since 2020, has met an untimely end. […]
April 7, 2023

Police claims Gipsy died of a stroke and ignores the trauma to the back of the head of the bald ibis

Gipsy, the female Northern Bald Ibis that violently died in the Neretva delta on March 5th, was most likely hit on the head by an object. According […]
April 3, 2023

Spring poaching on the Ionian islands still rife and out of control

Acoustic sensors record thousands of illegal shootings but Greek authorities claim they hear nothing In spring of 2021, dozens of thousands of turtle doves and other […]
March 14, 2023

Northern Bald Ibis violently killed in the Neretva Delta: a blow to to the return of an extinct species

The death of Gipsy, a female Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) who spent the past three months in Croatia, rightly shocked the public. The species is […]