According to a study, Songbird in Europe and Asia is being hunted to near extinction because of Chinese eating habits.
- The study said that the population of the yellow-breasted bunting has plunged by 90% since 1980, all but disappearing from eastern Europe, Japan and parts of Russia.
- China in 1997 banned the hunting of the species, known there as the “rice bird“.
- The study says that the consumption of these birds has increased as a result of economic growth and prosperity in East Asia, with an estimate in 2001 claiming one million buntings were consumed in China’s Guangdong province alone.
- A songbird is a bird belonging to the clade Passeri of the perching birds (Passeriformes).
- This group contains some 4,000 species found all over the world, in which the vocal organ typically is developed in such a way as to produce a diverse and elaborate bird song.
- Songbirds form one of the two major lineages of extant perching birds, the other being the Tyranni which are most diverse in the Neotropics and absent from many parts of the world.
- Songbirds are alike in having the vocal organ highly developed, though not all use it to melodious effect.
Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.