Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius)
Ornithologists observed a record number of Sociable Lapwings in Syria. Previous populations estimates had a high end of 1500 individuals, but recently over 1200 were observed in a single day and over 1500 during a trip through Syria. The findings give hope that this critically endangered bird is doing better than expected. Nevertheless, habitat loss and illegal hunting still threaten this bird and leave it in a precarous situation.