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Most birds are adapted to a particular habitat and cannot survive elsewhere. As a result, widespread birds become more localized, while those that were localized to begin with risk becoming extinct.
Habitat destruction is not new — it dates back to the start of farming, about 10, years ago. However, it has never taken place on the scale seen today.
Deforestation in the tropics hits the centre of bird diversity, while the growth in cities and infrastructure takes its toll on bird life all around the world. When cities spring up on what used to be forest or wetlands, the environmental damage is clear to see.
But habitat destruction also occurs in less visible ways. For example, oil palms or fast- growing conifers are often grown on land where the natural forest cover has been cleared. These plantations may look green and lush, but their bird life is only a faint echo of the richness in natural forest habitats.
These needs can take many forms. For example, the Red-breasted Goose breeds in tundra in one part of northern Siberia, and relies on this habitat for its survival. Many other species will be affected by changes in vegetation, or by shortages of food at the time when they normally breed.
At sea, gradual warming is likely to disrupt normal patterns of plankton growth. The outcome, for birds, is a world where there are some winners, but far more losers. In the long run, a substantial proportion of these risk becoming extinct. Hunting can be particularly damaging, because the targets are often birds on migration, which are easy to pick off where they cross mountains or coasts.
Even in countries where the hunting season is controlled, regulations designed to protect migrants are often ignored. The cage-bird trade affects some bird families far more than others.
For example, over 50 species of parrot — out of a total of — are in serious danger. Every year, many thousands of albatrosses drown after taking long-line baits and becoming hooked. Intensive farming produces high yields, but this comes at a high price to the environment.
With wild plants and insects kept at very low levels, birds soon run short of food. As a result, species that were once a common sight in rural areas are in rapid decline. In Europe, intensive agriculture has had a particularly damaging effect on ground- nesting species such as the Eurasian Skylark and Northern Lapwing, and similar declines have affected farmland birds in many other regions. Intensive farming also compacts the soil, reducing the supply of earthworms and small animals.
Its main breeding area lies in the remote Taymyr Peninsula in northern Siberia, a region that is currently experiencing rapid climate change.
Since , about species of bird have become extinct, and in half these cases, introduced species have been the chief cause. In some cases, these undesirable aliens are predators that have a direct and deadly effect on local birds.
Cats and rats are often the culprits, particularly when they arrive on remote islands that have no native mammals of their own. More subtle, but no less dangerous, is the effect of introduced grazing and browsing animals, such as goats.
These can strip islands of their native vegetation, which removes the cover that many birds need to breed. Finally, introduced species may bring disease. In the Hawaiian Islands, for example, introduced mosq Automatyczne logowanie Zarejestruj.
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They also mimic natural sounds around them, such as the croak of a frog or the chirp of a cricket. And mockingbirds kept as pets can repeat human and household noises, such as the ringing of a phone.
The birds were popular pets in the nineteenth century. President Thomas Jefferson had one that he reportedly let fly around the White House on occasion.
The Socorro mockingbird lives on a small island off the coast of Mexico, where the birds' numbers are dwindling due to predatory cats and grazing sheep overtaking their habitat.
The Charles mockingbird, another island-dweller, is classified as Endangered, facing a very high risk of extinction, due to predators, as is the white-breasted thrasher.
The population of the white-breasted thrasher is also declining due to habitat loss along with the black catbird, which is considered Near Threatened, in danger of becoming threatened with extinction. Finally, the Hood mockingbird is classified as Vulnerable, facing a high risk of extinction, due to its small population and limited range.
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Both the males and the females of the species are similar in appearance. Geographic range: The gray catbird can be found in southern Canada from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and the central and eastern United States extending south from Canada down to northeastern Arizona in the West and to northern Florida in the East during breeding season. The gray catbird is also found in the Bahamas , Cuba, and Jamaica. Habitat: The gray catbird is not a sociable bird, preferring to stay hidden and nest within its preferred habitat, which is dense and shrubby vegetation.
Some favorite nesting areas include scrub, abandoned orchards and farmland, the periphery of forests, alongside streams and roads, under cactus pads leaves , and occasionally within dense shrubbery in residential areas. Diet: In the spring breeding months gray catbirds are primarily insect eaters, feeding on caterpillars, millipedes, grasshoppers, ants, spiders, and beetles. Starting with summer and into the fall, they start to incorporate more fruit into their diet, preferring grapes and other small fruits.
When not foraging under the cover of vegetation, they can be seen walking along the ground using their bills to find insects. Behavior and reproduction: Gray catbirds build nests under dense cover of scrub or thickets. Their cup-shaped nests are well concealed and woven from vines, twigs, straw, grasses, and occasional bits of paper or plastic. Soft hair and grass lines the inside. The male may help in nest construction, but it is usually the female that does most of the work.
She lays a clutch of up to six blue-green eggs, which are incubated for about two weeks. Both male and female feed the hatchlings, who leave the nest about eight to twelve days after they hatch. Gray catbirds and people: Gray catbirds tend to avoid people and are not considered an agricultural or residential pest.
Conservation status: Gray catbirds are common throughout North and South America. The dark wing feathers appear edged off-white. They may also have darker spots on the chest.
The Hood mockingbird sports a black streak across its yellow-to-brown eyes, and has a black bill and legs. Habitat: Hood Island is a low-lying, flat-topped island with primarily rocky terrain and sand and pebble beaches. The available vegetation is primarily scrub.