Extinction risk of native birds increasing: study

An Otago Daily Times article.

Despite decades of hard work by conservationists, New Zealand’s cherished native birds are closer to extinction than they were 40 years ago.

That is according to a just published analysis that has found more than two-thirds of a large sample of birds are worse off now – compared with only 14% faring better.

The study followed an earlier alarming paper by some of the same researchers that warned eight million years of endemic bird diversity was now at risk – and predicted it would take 50 million years torecover those species now lost.

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