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There are approximately 400 endangered bird species in the world today. The bird habitat is getting smaller, despite increased government protection . Many bird species are reaching dangerously low numbers. Scores of bird species have become extinct in the past, far more than the current amount of existing bird species.

Through habitat destruction, the introduction of non-native species, and deliberate hunting, we endanger many species. In the last 280 years, 42 species and 44 subspecies of birds are known to have become extinct.

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Habitat loss and degradation are threats African birds have to deal with.
Air pollution and human activities are the threats birds have to deal with in America.
The majority of Asian birds lives in forrests. These forrests are threatened by conversion to other land-uses and overexploitation. Therefor the birds are threatened by the same dangers.
Carrabean birds are threatened by erosion of pristine habitats and illegal trade of the birds.
Hunting and economic development are the majority of the causes that lead to death of birds in Europe.
On the pacific, habitat destruction and 'invasive alien species' are the larges threats.
Two threats to seabirds are longline fishing and oil spills.

News about birds

Birds News -- ScienceDaily

How Galápagos finches evade a parasitic fly - Darwin's finches on the Galápagos Islands are once again providing insights into the theory of evolution, with two studies investigating their dealings with the parasitic avian vampire fly (Philornis downsi). One study investigated which species of finch proved to be the most successful hosts for the flies, while a second study looked at how the birds cope with being infected by the parasites. The insights will help researchers to maintain the finch population while also providing strategies for dealing with other parasitic species around the world.
Birds’ eye size reflects habitat and diet, may predict sensitivity to environmental change - A new study shows the eye size of birds can reveal broad patterns of their biology and behavior, including where they live, what they eat and how they hunt, providing a potential roadmap for future conservation efforts.
Researchers find a ‘fearsome dragon’ that soared over outback Queensland - Australia's largest flying reptile has been uncovered, a pterosaur with an estimated seven-meter wingspan that soared like a dragon above the ancient, vast inland sea once covering much of outback Queensland.