DENR: Int’l efforts needed to protect Yellow bunting

The Philippines, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is seeking the inclusion of Yellow bunting (Emberiza sulphurata) in Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).


The proposal is contained in a draft resolution submitted by the Philippines for approval by over 120 nations during the 12th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to CMS to be held in Manila on October 23-28.


Yellow bunting is a migratory bird that breeds in Japan and flies to the Philippines during winter.


DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu expressed optimism the CMS member-countries will approve the draft resolution seeking greater protection for yellow bunting and other migratory species that regularly visit the Philippines.


“I am confident our resolution will get favorable support from CMS party nations,” Cimatu said.


“We need to push for greater protection for these migratory species that visit our country on a regular basis,” he added.


Aside from Yellow bunting, the Philippines also proposed the inclusion in CMS Appendix II the Black noddy (Anous minutus) and the White-spotted wedgefish (Rhychobatus australiae).


Appendix II covers migratory species that have an unfavorable conservation status that require international agreements for their protection, as well as the species which would significantly benefit from international cooperation and agreements.


The yellow bunting is a perching bird that has a conical grey bill, pinkish-brown feet and brown eyes. Its population is showing an ongoing decline, resulting from habitat loss, pesticide use, and hunting.


It breeds in Japan, and flies to the Philippines during winter, although it is also seen in Taiwan and Hong Kong.  


“Global protection of migratory birds, such as the yellow bunting, is important because they do not belong to only one country, but in range states that they go to occasionally,” said Director Theresa Mundita Lim of the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau. ###

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