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.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Danger comes on two or four legs

A federal study underlines the extent to which Canada is a perilous place for birds

MONTREAL - It isn’t the fact that 269 million birds are now estimated to die from human-related activities each year in Canada that surprises wildlife scientist Richard Elliot.

What really stuns him about a landmark federal study on bird mortality in this country is that cats account for 75 per cent of those deaths, killing more birds than all other causes combined. (The study categorizes house cats as a human-related source of mortality for birds, although the number of deaths attributed to feline attacks also includes those by feral cats.)

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