The Shelley's Crimsonwing is one of the rarest finches in Africa.
It inhabits the same dense Albertine Rift highland forest as the
threatened Mountain Gorillas of Uganda,Rwanda and DRC of central
Africa. This video clip shows how the Rare Finch Conservation Group
is overcoming enormous logistical hurdles to save this bird from
The Rare Finch Conservation Group (RFCG) was founded in August
2005 by a group of South African and Australian finch enthusiasts
who each wish to play a meaningful role in ensuring the ongoing
survival in the wild of the world's finch species. The founding
RFCG members are all experienced in the field of finch husbandry
and wish to utilise these skills to the benefit of wild finches.
Finches (from the families Fringillidae, Estrildidae, Emberizidae,
Ploceidae and Viduanae) are coming under increasing pressure
in the wild, mainly due to the ongoing loss of suitable habitat
and to a lesser extent the trapping of wild birds for the caged
bird and scientific research markets. Sadly these minute birds are
not high-profile and marketable enough to attract sufficient conservation
funding and so many finch populations are simply sliding downhill
while conservation entities focus their limited resources on issues
like climate change, tigers and gorillas. Many of the world's finches
are now under some form of immediate or medium-term threat of extinction
while others are heading that way, and yet there is no cohesive
plan of action to reverse that trend.
Ongoing habitat loss is something that is in the hands of governments,
corporates and private landowners and hopefully humankind will reverse
that process during the next decade. In the meantime though the
RFCG is working away at aspects of finch conservation that can be
addressed at a more practical level.
Visitors to this site are encouraged to look at the rarefinch listing
page and find out more about the 77
finch species that have been classified as threatened by Birdlife
Please donate now to help save the world's finches in the wild! The RFCG is entirely dependent on your donations and would welcome
any contribution you may wish to make. Banking details: Rare Finch Conservation
Group. Nedbank account number 1933 198885 SWIFT NEDSZAJJ. Sandown
Branch 193 305 South Africa or alternatively use the convenient and secure
PayPal facilty below.
The group is registered as a section 21 company reg.no. 2007/ 010385/
08 which is a non profit organisation and its PBO number for fundraising
can be given on application.