07 Mar '12, 4pm

Climate Change May Kill Off 900 Bird Species By 2100

Climate Change May Kill Off 900 Bird Species By 2100

Matt MacGillivray /CC BY 2.0 . The resplendent quetzal faces increased competition from other birds and drier habitat due to global warming. You might think birds, of all animals , could just pick up and move if their environment changes in a way not to their liking, but global warming poses a very real threat to the avian world: Scientists say climate change is likely to drive up to 900 bird species into extinction by the end of the century unless additional conservation measures are taken. Tropical bird species are particularly vulnerable because they are adapted to living in a stable climate, where temperatures do not vary wildly throughout the year, according to Çağan Şekercioğlu of the University of Utah, the lead author of "The effects of climate change on tropical birds ," a scientific review of some 200 separate studies published recently in the journal Biological ...

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