Population decline has all Hawaii’s songbirds singing the same tune

Rapid population declines of songbirds may reduce overall song diversity and complexity, and increase similarity between learned songs, so all songbirds end up singing the same song

by GrrlScientist for Forbes | @GrrlScientist

NOTE: This piece was a Forbes Editor’s pick.

Historically abundant and widespread on the island of Kauaβ€˜i, the population of Kauaβ€˜i β€˜amakihi (Chlorodrepanis stejnegeri), like other native Hawaiian forest birds, is now largely restricted to high elevation forest habitats, thanks to climate change and to avian malaria’s growing presence at lower elevations. (Credit: Lucas Behnke, Kauaβ€˜i Forest Bird Recovery Project / USGS / Public domain)



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