If Europe is going to reap the benefits of conservation measures at home, its experts need an understanding of where “their” birds migrate to when they head off to Africa.
The European goldfinch, with its wonderful coloration and melodic singing, is a favoured pet for people living in the western Maghreb. But continued poaching is putting the species in danger.
Africa is traditionally known as the cradle of human-kind. But research shows that it is also the cradle of bird-kind, for gamebirds at least.