Heat stress is causing desert bird populations to collapse

  • Sites in the Mojave Desert in the western U.S. surveyed by ecologists a century ago have lost an average of 43 percent of their breeding bird species.
  • New research suggests higher temperatures have increased the daily water needs of birds, which could decimate their populations if climate change worsens.
  • The most vulnerable birds are larger, carnivorous species such as turkey vultures and prairie falcons that get most of their water from prey.

Mongabay

Last updated on 02 December 2019

Type: 
Media Watch
Threats: 
Climate Change
Species group: 
Birds