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Migrating shorebirds, such as bar-tailed godwits, tend to gather in high concentrations to rest and feed as they make their long migrations, making them easy to hunt. Photograph: Ding Li Yong/BirdLife International
May 29, 2020

More than 30 shorebird species that fly across oceans each year to visit Australia – including nine that are threatened – are being hunted during their long migrations, according to a study that analysed decades of records from 14 countries. The study, which experts said filled a major gap in the world’s knowledge about the impact of hunting on declining shorebird numbers, found that more than 17,000 birds from 16 species were likely being killed...

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