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.


Last updated on 02 December 2019

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