Tropical Birds Find No Refuge in Fragmented Habitats
In presenting research that indicates that fragmented rainforests do not provide adequate habitat for tropical birds, one author notes that in terms of bird species, "if you lose your habitat, everbody is equally threatened". Indeed, humans no less so than birds.
Deep-woods bird species that manage to hang on in remaining patches of a deforested area of Brazil gain no real advantage in avoiding extinction, Duke University ecologists have found. The researchers studied the coastal region harboring the greatest number of threatened birds in the Americas.
"We found that species that also tolerate secondary habitats are not deforestation's survivors," said Grant Harris...