As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 5 October 2012

Why do some species go extinct, but not others?

Extinction risk factors for New Zealand birds today differ from those of the past

September 2012. What makes some species more prone to extinction? A new study of nearly 300 species of New Zealand birds - from pre-human times to the present - reveals that the keys to survival today differ from those of the past. The results are important in light of the growing number of studies that try to predict which species could be lost in the future based on what kinds of species are considered most threatened today, said lead author Lindell Bromham of Australian National University.


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