How is climate change affecting birds?

Climate change affects birds in different ways. It can alter distribution, abundance, behaviour, even genetic composition. It can also affect the timing of events like migration or breeding. Climate change can affect birds directly, through changes in temperature or rainfall. It can also lead to increased pressure from competitors, predators, parasites, diseases and disturbances like fires or storms. And climate change can act in combination with other major threats like habitat loss and alien invasive species, making the overall impact worse. Because birds are one of the best studied groups of organisms, we already have the data needed to demonstrate that birds are being affected by climate change. This is occurring in a variety of ways. How climate change is … Continue reading How is climate change affecting birds?