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Babbler bird falls into climate change trap

Source: exeter.ac.uk

Animals can fall into an “ecological trap” by altering their behaviour in the “wrong direction” in response to climate change, researchers say.

The so-called “rescue hypothesis” suggests many species might successfully adapt to changing conditions, especially those that are flexible in their behaviour.

But a new study, by the University of Exeter, found that chestnut-crowned babbler birds responded to rising temperatures by changing their behaviour in ways that could actually reduce successful breeding. MORE