FAIRY PITTA Rare in the Kimberleys of north Australia. The fairy pitta (Pitta nympha) is a small and brightly colored passerine bird. It is also called “little forest angel” in Taiwan and “eight colored bird" in Japan, Taiwan, North Korea and South Korea. The fairy pitta breeds in East Asia and migrates south to winter in Southeast Asia.
In pictures: Atlas of Rare Birds by Dominic Couzens
White-rumped vultures were once a familiar sight in the cities of southern Asia, with a population numbering millions, but its numbers plummeted fast in the 1990s. It was discovered that an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat injured cattle was to blame. When the cattle died, the vultures would ingest the drug and suffer a slow, painful death