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06/15/2007 04:20 PM ID: 63055 Permalink   

Common Birds Dying Out


According to the Audubon Society's analysis of forty years of multiple sources of data, many common birds are suffering steep population declines. Since 1967, the average population loss has been 68 percent, while some lost as much as 80 percent.

Some of the birds include various common sparrows (averaging over 60% loss), whippoorwills (57%), boreal chickadees (73%) and northern bobwhite quails (82%). Changes in farming and habitat loss are prime suspects in these losses.

Massive, fast losses across such a wide spectrum of common bird species alarms scientists. "Backyard birds" are a bellwether of the state of the planet's overall health, and point to serious problems that affect many other species, including humans.

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Brunettes are also in a steep decline with Blondes on the increase. Peroxide sales may hold the key to this conundrum.

Experts suspect the decline in Redheads is due to pressure from the other two groups and increased sun indexes to be forcing this group into nocturnal lifestyles, thus making them much more difficult to spot and track during the day.
  by: spacechimp     06/15/2007 04:51 PM     
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Because they do not have enough food? Like bugs to eat. Since we are using so many pesticides bugs are not as big of numbers like they once where.
Just an idea...
  by: Vhan     06/16/2007 10:42 PM     
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