WILDGuides, a British publishing company, had a problem. They wanted to put together a book about The World’s Rarest Birds, but were finding that it was pretty difficult locating photographs of the 590 bird species considered Extinct in the Wild, Critically Endangered or Endangered. The solution? Hold not one, but two international photo contests, one in 2010 and one in 2012. The winners of the 2012 The World’s Rarest Birds International Photo Competition were announced April 3rd. The winner in the Critically Endangered category is Dubi Shapiro, who took this photograph of a displaying White-bellied Cinclodes, a species found only in a small area in the Peruvian Andes. BirdLife International estimates its current population at 70-400 individuals.

The World’s Rarest Birds aims to promote awareness of the fragility of existence of these birds and to support BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinction Programme. You can see a slide show of the winning photographs of these endangered birds on the Princeton University Press Blog. 10000 Birds will be reviewing the book, available from Princeton University Press in the United States, in the near future.

photograph used courtesy of Princeton University Press

Written by Donna
Having been attached to books all her life, Donna Lynn Schulman is thrilled to be engaged in a passion that requires fealty to an information artifact called a “field guide.” A former labor educator and labor relations library director at two large universities, Donna also reviewed books for Library Journal for 15 years (totaling over 100 titles), and has contributed articles on to academic journals and monographs. She wrote her first birding book review for the Queens County Bird Club’s News & Notes, which she formerly edited, and also reviews books for Birding magazine. Donna discusses birding books with Nate Swick and other members of the Birding Book Club on the American Birding Association Podcast several times a year, including the popular Best Birding Books of The Year. When she is not birding in Queens or working on her nature photography, Donna travels to Los Angeles, where she attempts to turn her granddaughter into a birder.