Posted by: Dan | September 21, 2009

Migratory Bird Declines

The majority of birds that one can see in Cyprus are passage migrants, passing through only during travels from Europe and Asia to Africa and back. Three years ago, I noted the rising awareness of a worrying migratory bird population decline in Europe. Last year, the same conclusion was reached in the State of the World’s Birds report released by BirdLife International, which specifically concluded that Palearctic–African migratory birds have suffered substantial declines:

Afro-Palearctic migratory birds have suffered substantial declines over the past 30 years owing to reduced over-winter survival in Africa, habitat degradation in Europe, hunting and the effects of climate change.


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