Indian birds under threat from climate change: Study

Kolkata: Climate change is threatening the survival of a number of Asian bird species, including those in India, a new study warns.
 
The research conducted by Durham University and BirdLife International says that many avian species from the region are likely to suffer from climate change.
 
The species will require not just enhanced protection of important and protected sites, but also better management of the wider countryside, the study says.
 
"In some extreme cases, birds may be required to be physically moved to climatically suitable areas for survival, says the report recently published in the journal "Global Change Biology".
 
This study was conducted for 370 Asian bird species, whose conservation is a cause for concern, across the biodiversity hotspots of eastern Himalayas and lower Mekong River basin regions in Bhutan, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and parts of India and Nepal.
 
The findings demonstrate that the survival of species will be dependent upon how conservation sites are managed and whether movement is possible from one site to another.
 
Projections show that at least 45 per cent and up to 88 per cent of the 370 species studied will experience decline of suitable habitats, leading to changing species composition in specific areas.
 
Co-lead author, Dr Robert Bagchi, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University said, "Even under the least extreme scenarios of climate change, most species we examined will have to shift their ranges in order to find suitable areas in the future.