How climate change impacts on different bird species

Research has revealed that long-term climate change could affect the ability of birds to thrive side by side

Dr Mike Fowler, Department of Biosciences, Swansea University has co-authored research published by the Proceedings of the Royal Society BThe research which examined the competition between blue tits and great tits at four sites in Europe, reveals how long-term climate change could affect the balance between different bird species living in the same areas and impact upon their ability to live and thrive side by side.

Dr Fowler said: "Blue tits and great tits compete for both food and roosting sites, but they generally coexist with each other. As we know that climate fluctuations can affect the distribution, behaviour and life cycle of plants and animals we set out to find whether climate change could change the competitive relationships between these two bird species."

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