BIRD OF THE WEEK — ARARIPE MANAKIN — Araripe Manakin Conservation Project is about biodiversity, natural resources conservation, and the importance of environmental sustainability — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Antilophia bokermanni
POPULATION: About 800 adults
IUCN STATUS: Critically Endangered
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Lower and middle levels of tall, humid forest, with an abundance of vines.

The Araripe Manakin’s Critically Endangered status, which has led to its listing as an Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species, has also focused attention on the importance of conserving its unique habitat. This habitat determines not only this bird’s continued survival but also the quality of life for thousands of people living in this largely impoverished region of northeastern Brazil.

Araripe Manakin, Ciro Albano

Both bird and habitat are threatened by the clearing of forests for farming, cattle, and home-building.

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