Deep-woods bird species that manage to hang on in remaining patches of a deforested area of Brazil gain no real advantage in avoiding extinction, Duke University ecologists have found. The researchers studied the coastal region harboring the greatest number of threatened birds in the Americas.
"We found that species that also tolerate secondary habitats are not deforestations survivors," said Grant Harris, the first author of a paper on the subject published in the December issue of the research journal "Conservation Biology." "If you lose your habitat, everybody is equally threatened," added Harris co-author, Stuart Pimm. "Theres no special class of species that seems to adapt well to the habitats we create for them."
Harris recently completed his doctorate under Pimm at Dukes Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and is now employed by the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska. Pimm is the Nicholas Schools Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology who does extensive work in tropical areas.
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