Native birds in south-eastern Australia worst affected by habitat loss


Habitat loss is a major concern for hundreds of Australian bird species, and south-eastern Australia has been the worst affected. More than half of all native bird species have each lost two-thirds of their natural habitat across Victoria, parts of South Australia and New South Wales.That’s the finding by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub study, featuring University of Queensland scientists.A team of researchers looked at how the amount of habitat available for each of Australia’s different land bird species had changed since 1750.Lead researcher Jeremy Simmonds, from University of Queensland, says the research revealed that habitat loss was more prominent in south-east Australia than it was in Northern Australia.

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